Peter Prange

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. “It is art, if you are not able, because if you are able, it is no longer art.” Johann Nestroy

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Within my body.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. John Lennon: Play it again (“Imagine”).

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Whit (for men), charm (for women), reliability (for both of them).

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Laurence Sterne´s Tristram Shandy.

Author Voices

March 21, 2011

When I was a child I wanted to do the same thing as my father. He had a shop, selling beds. Then, however, I came to witness a conversation between him and two unknown men who talked about their work. The first of them explained that he specialized in insurance. The next one replied, that he specialized in wire. Then it was my father’s turn. “And I work in beds,” he said. That was the moment when I decided to become a writer instead.

March 21, 2011

I graduated as a “certified erotologist” – my dissertation was a thesis about the sexual revolution of the 18th century. But what could one do to earn a living with such qualifications? I really had no choice; I had to become a writer.

March 21, 2011

Playing God, which means: making up people and their fates.

March 21, 2011

Writers are people who write about what interests them most. And I always found women more interesting than men. Not only in life, but in novels as well. “Real” men act determinedly and logically. How boring! Women, however, are – in a positive way– much more ambivalent, chaotic, emotional. They make life thrilling and colourful. Therefore they are born novel characters.

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