In your second book you left this lightness which brought your success, why ?
Because of my personal development. I thought over, I counted what has been said and what remains to be said. What I wanted
to say in the second book had another content and substance than the first one. It was another world. It would have
been risky to do the same thing, to repeat myself. It would have been a caricature of myself. That easy, anecdotal
style can only be attributed to a child living in his pure world.
The second book speaks about post-adolescent life where reality has a gravity and a weight, which cannot be ignored.
Two of the three young men leave for Eastern Europe and the third one takes drugs. The third one finds in heroin a
good friend and does not want to search for treasures. These young men feel life in a different way. When you are
22-23 year old you are not completely shaped. Life is raising questions: who are you, what answers do you find for
the generation you are part of. One theme is the emigration of their family. But only one, I always say this. This
book does not only speak about young emigrants’ sons. It also speaks about young people living in a post-modern,
saturated, civilisation, where there are other problems as during their father’s time: how do we build Europe,
how do we manage to live in dignity. Other questions are being asked for their generation: how do we survive
psychologically, what do we do with our lives in order to be different than our fathers', what is left to be done
for us. The two characters can find answers to these questions during the trip. They enter a real life where people
die, burn themselves out of love, fall in love, they live toghether with people (first Hungarians, later Romanians)
full of emotions. They are being told about the revolution in Timisoara, they experience the death of the alcoholic
uncle, they go through a lot of stories, which were not possible in Zurich, Switzerland.
Because for them (not to say for me as a writer) Zurich was a place where only a „status quo“, was possible. They were
moving in circles as a panther in a cage. This place offered opportunities in a conservative, traditional way, bars
were closed at 12 o’clock in the night, places to meet for young people who look for an autonomous life and new
answers, new ways, were reduced to two or three in Zurich. One was slowly delivered to a saturated life, with
satisfactions only in one direction but not for those looking for their own answers. It was not challenging enough
for them to find themselves. Someone could find himself when confronted with an obstacle, something stronger than
him which he tries to shape according to his ideal or to be shaped by it. If I were to describe, life Zurich would
be like made of rubber, elastic, an island of wealth where a veil takes away your clear image.
Ok, but if one wants to make a career here, one must perform according to very high standards, competition is hard, unemployment is menacing, aren’t these challenges ?
Sure, this is another aspect though. The post-industrial society gives you choices and the danger is to lose yourself in
this labyrinth of choices. This society demands that you redefine yourself any moment, that you beflexible, mobile,
for the firm who sends you today to Zurich tomorrow to New York. One must have a variable identity. In this jungle
of opportunities one must find one’s own cocktail and this is a big responsibility. A lot of people can’t make it,
or they need medicines, psychiatrists, psychologists, or drugs. Often young people choose drugs as an answer to
these problems that start in adolescence. Who am I, what profession do I choose, what kind of consume model is
suitable for me, do I restrain myself to my own universe or do I enter the consumer society along with the „gang“.
These are enormous problems. Sometime at 25-30 years old they are not yet solved.