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Katja Schönherr: “The inability of people to understand each other fascinates me”

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In Zurich as elsewhere, cafes are closed, so it is in front of the station, in front of the National Museum, that we find Katja Schönherr, very tiny under the huge poster of the exhibition. Women. Rights. Here, it is precisely their day, to the women, this March 8: “A day for us, 364 for the men!” For me, it is above all an official holiday, imposed by the communist system. ” This is because Katja Schönherr was born near Dresden – she was 7 years old when Germany reunified – and remembers the atmosphere of the East. Subsequently, she studied journalism and culture in Leipzig, then practiced her profession in Düsseldorf and Munich. She continues from Zurich, but now it is mostly for the supplements of the NZZ that she works: ten years now that she has followed her companion to Switzerland.

I sometimes wonder why some couples persist in living together, without being able to separate

I sometimes wonder why some couples persist in living together, without being able to separate

His first novel, Marta and Arthur, has just been released in its French translation. It was written with a grant from the canton of Zurich and published by Arche, a German house born in Switzerland. The book, a master stroke, sharp as steel, was a great success. The story unfolds a marital hell of forty years. It begins as Arthur lies dead in the common bed and Marta performs strange, burlesque and disturbing funeral rites.

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