Erzsébet Eszéki interviewed me for Here is an excerpt.

Your novel set in Romania reveals a terribly tough world. Not a very happy childhood. But from the perspective of a child, “from down under,” brutality and dictatorship can be very well presented. Is this why you opted for a child protagonist? Or was it because of the mode of storytelling, because the story sounds more dramatic this way?

These considerations probably all contributed to it, but it was not such a conscious or premeditated decision. All of a sudden I heard the voice of Djata (the narrator of the novel) describing the brutal football training in the Wold’s End chapter and this voice was so powerful and intensive that perhaps I could not have suppressed it even if I had wanted to. More than hearing his voice, I somehow saw through his eyes and I could describe this semi-fictional world as an eleven-year-old saw it or would have seen it. Many people refuse to believe that the book bears only a trace of autobiography.(…)

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