Nina Yargekov

Budapest, Ungarn

Zu Gast im LCB:
Februar 2019

Nina Yargekov, Jahrgang 1980, ist Romanschriftstellerin französisch-ungarischer Herkunft. Ihr erster Roman, »Tuer Catherine«, erschien 2009 bei éditions P.O.L. Es folgte beim selben Verlag »Vous serez mes témoins« (2011) und »Double Nationalité« (2016), der mit dem Prix de Flore ausgezeichnet wurde. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Auswärtigen Amts.

Nina Yargekov
Nina Yargekov © Hélène Bamberger, 2016

»Here you can feel that it is very normal and common to be a writer«

What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on my next (fourth) novel. In a certain way, it is connected to the city, since my main characters are East-European women who work as prostitutes in Western Europe. Besides, one of the places I have in mind when I am writing about these situations is precisely a street here in Berlin. Presently, I am in the middle of the writing process: I already wrote a lot of things, but I try to build the best architecture to hosting all this material. It is like doing a mental puzzle, but without having the guarantee that a solution does really exist.

How does your stay in the Literary Colloquium Berlin affect you and your work?
Living in a place which is dedicated to literature helps a lot to believe I will resolve my puzzle! Here you can feel that it is very normal and common to be a writer, which is not always true in everyday life. Moreover, since I don’t speak German, these days I feel like a child in the world of adults: I don’t understand anything in the street or in other public places. And to be honest, it has something very relaxing – and of course a bit dangerous –, because it gives me the illusion I have no responsibility and I am totally free.

What experiences will you take home?
One month is enough to build a new lifestyle, so now I feel like it is very normal to live here and I will probably be a bit lost when going back home! But for sure I will bring home a lot of great memories from the peaceful environment, from conversations with the staff and with my fellow residents. And of course, in my computer, there will be a lot of new pieces of text and hopefully also the beautiful 3D plan of my next novel.

The interview took place in February 2019.

Hausgäste: Nina Yargekov, Cornelia Travnicek und NIX

Februarsonne am Wannsee © LCB, 2019

Hausgäste: Nina Yargekov, Cornelia Travnicek und NIX

Februarsonne am Wannsee © LCB, 2019

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