Jeroen Wollaars in conversation with Julia Franck
A ‘rather crushing book’. That’s how Andrea Bosman, reviewer from the newspaper Trouw, described Julia Franck’s latest novel. In Welten auseinander (Worlds Apart), Julia Franck writes about her chaotic, dysfunctional childhood. The family fled from East to West Germany during the Cold War to start a new life on a dilapidated farm. Among other things, Franck describes the neglect she experienced as a child. Her mother Anna was out of touch with reality and living in her own world, leaving Franck and her three sisters to fend for themselves. At the age of thirteen, Franck decided to start living on her own. In her novel, she connects her experiences with other worlds such as the well-of, traditional family of her first great love, Stephan. It is a very intense book, and her most personal one to date.
The German writer Julia Franck attracted attention in the Netherlands with novels like West and The Blind Side of the Heart. The latter book was awarded with the Deutsche Buchpreis in 2007. Julia Franck will be interviewed during Het Grote Gebeuren by Jeroen Wollaars, former Germany correspondent of the NOS news and currently one of the presenters of Nieuwsuur.