„Durch Sprache kannst Du die ganze Welt entdecken“

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Håkan Nesser ist einer der bekanntesten schwedischen Krimiautoren. Wir waren bei seinem Vortrag zur Tübinger Poetik-Dozentur.  Håkan Nesser ist überzeugt, dass gute Geschichten ein menschliches Bedürfnis sind. Bücher werden für ihn nie aussterben:

Håkan Nesser: Words are more important than pictures. My cats and my dog sometimes watch TV and sometimes you can see that they enjoy it. But they rarely read a book. So, what is it, that’s happening to you while you are reading words composed by letters put together into sentences that evokes a lot of feelings? To me it’s a miracle that through the language you can discover the whole world. The piece of art, or the genre of art, that is most close to human life is the novel. Nobody would ask you: “What three paintings would you take to a desert island? Or would you like to take a statue or a symphony to listen to on a desert island for a year?” No, you go for books.”

cantaloup.fm: Well, which books would you take to a desert island?

Håkan Nesser: “Not my own. I would probably take a book in German, just to practice the language. I would take three books in German: Thomas Mann, Zauberberg” probably. And Robert Musil “Mann ohne Eigenschaften.” Must be thick books. The third one I can wait with. Thick, good, complicated books. Perhaps a Kafka? I’m not sure.”

cantaloup.fm: You studied english, literature, Scandinavian studies, history and philosophy . What did you learn at Uni that still proves useful in your life today?

Håkan Nesser: “Since language is very important and I suppose that I developed much of my language at   university. You don’t notice these things, you don’t notice when your language is getting accurate but I suppose I got my language from the university. I was in Uppsala, it was, yeah, quite good fun. I enjoyed it. Good years. Make the most out of it, it’s a good period of your life. Try to stay as long as you can!”

cantaloup.fm: You were asked what kind of author you are. Your response: a good one. Do you have doubts about your own stories at times?

Håkan Nesser: Oh yes, doubt  is what you have in your rucksack all the time. You have this crisis all day: why should I write, etcetera. The thing is to get rid of it. To sort of bite it off, I mean I found a system for writing. What you wrote last night, you think it’s very good while you’re writing it and then you read it in the morning: “Well this isn’t very good, is it?” But you need to get on with the story, you can change it afterwards. Everyone wants to be a writer and they call me: “Håkan, I’ve written the first chapter eight times and it’s not good. What should I do?” And I said: “Go on with chapter number 2!”

Das Interview führte Johannes Kolb.

  • Håkan Nesser // Foto: Johannes Kolb für cantaloup.fm

    Håkan Nesser // Foto: Johannes Kolb für cantaloup.fm

    Håkan Nesser, geboren 1950 in Schweden, studierte Soziologie, Englisch, Literaturwissenschaften, Skandivanistik, Geschichte und Philosophie an der Universität Uppsala. Er veröffentlichte seinen ersten Roman 1988, doch arbeitete noch bis 1998 als Gymnasiallehrer weiter. Zu seinen bekanntesten Werken zählen die Kriminalromane um Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti. Nesser lebt zur Zeit mit seiner Frau in London.

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