Henryk M. Broder meets Monika Maron: “It’s not the fault of those who haven’t done anything”


Monika Maron loves country life. When it gets hot and stuffy in Berlin, she moves into her house in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Bonnie, a two-year-old mongrel from a Hungarian animal shelter, keeps her company. A conversation about the joys of being alone, the struggles of growing old and intelligent flying.

Henryk M. Broder: When did you realize you were getting old?

Maron: At 30

Broder: Others are doing their bachelor’s or master’s degree in cultural studies.

Maron: So I thought: now the youth is over. And that was also true. I had a child and I was employed. My mother called me and said, “So, now you’re approaching 40.” Then 40 wasn’t bad, 40 was good, then “fly ash” appeared and a new life began. 50 was awful. Just the word with the Ü in the middle. I associated a certain image of women with it, perm. 60 I didn’t really care, I don’t know why. I thought 70 was really bad because it was about 80. Now I’ll be 80 soon. Now it’s important to handle the rest well.

Broder: Do you feel that you don’t want to waste time as you get older?


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