How did you experience this phase when you arrived here as a 15 years old ?
I came here in the `80. These years were not so marked by consumerism, there was no pressure to dress brand items, drugs were not so spread, there was hashish, marihuana, but not heroin and cocaine. Nowadays heroine and cocaine are being consumed even by 13 years old. Aggression, violence, weapons, exist now even here in Switzerland, teachers are not to be envied … not to talk about France, Germany and America … When I was a teenager it was not like that, there was hashish, there were concerts, the rock and pop were the main attraction not techno. It was different, everything was slower, the Americanisation of European society was reduced. Laws were stricter; now they have been changed. Now in Europe, the capitalist pressure is enormous. With whom does this pressure start? With the young people.

Would it have been better with stricter laws ?
One cannot say what would have been better. The answers are difficult and complex. What happened cannot be reduced to some allegations. This is a process, it faces us with new problems, we have to be aware and solve them.

Would you like to live somewhere else ?
Sure. I do not like living here. In fact a lot of Swiss people, even young ones, want to leave and go to Italy or France. Switzerland is small, in two hours you can find yourself in Italy or France. Many have the feeling that here they cannot find that human warmth which gives quality to life. Life quality is a complex concept but it can be easily described if you manage to reduce everything to what you think it defines you as a person. It is not the coffee and the newspaper, it is that interior feeling that you are connected to a social network which you can dispose of and where you can enter like into a warm bath. To come back to what you were saying earlier, at the moment, the capitalist life at the North of Alps is confronted with big problems of responsibility; there is a terrible competition. But it not this I had in mind when writing my second book. There are two levels. We live in a society demanding everyday that we be more responsible. Below the surface of this social structure where we must move in a competent way, there is a background. That’s why my book talks about „The short way home“. It reflects a psychological, emotional level answering the need to find a place where other values than the surface ones are observed and mirrored. The story does not end in Paradise because the main character, the Romanian, realises that he lost his nostalgic and romantic vision about his homeland. Romania is not the one of his childhood anymore. All those views must be reviewed. What’s left? Nothing outside himself, just his own person.

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