BRIMEN (dpa) – The effects of Russia’s aggressive war on Ukraine are so widespread that even small things have to change.
Putin can no longer be called Putin, and this was also evident by David Savir. Because even the Pug detective and former chancellor who hears this name in his bestselling novels “Miss Merkel” no longer wants to be called by that name. From the next version, Putin will be called Pupsi. Small, as Savier knows, who says it in a somewhat fleeting way. And really for laughter that dies instantly when you think of the war in the East.
Author – Boundary Factor
The 55-year-old writer could certainly be considered a transnational. Its topics are as diverse as the genres used. He writes books and screenplays about the Holocaust, loves comedy and magical realism. “Bad Karma”, “Jesus Loves Me”, “28 Days Long”, two novels “Miss Merkel”, the TV comedy series “Berlin, Berlin” developed by him and his screenplay for the award-winning feature film “Love gets a” are just small excerpts Very much of his work.
“I love to write different stories. It comes from my heart,” says Safir. The fact that Miss Merkel’s first and second novels (Kindler Publishers) have been on the bestseller lists for so long and so prominently surprises and delights him in equal measure. “But that shouldn’t be my old job,” he says with a laugh. However, he could already imagine a third episode. The main protagonist – former Chancellor Angela Merkel – is an artificial character. Her caring husband, quantum chemist Akeem, appears in the books as well as a lovable but somewhat clumsy bodyguard as well as Putin, who will soon be called Pupsi. The first novel on its own was written roughly in six months, while the second novel took a little longer at eleven months.
The power of comedy in times of crisis
They are classic detective stories and crime comedies that are relaxing, but they don’t contain trifles at the expense of others. “My claim is not to make people laugh, but you can have fun with them,” said Ambassador. But do formulas like comedy have a place in dealing with suffering, war, or the Holocaust? Or is it strictly prohibited? Where are the borders? “This also struck me very much as a subject: what power can comedy have in misery and drama,” says the author.
He is inclined – “attracted” by Savir says – to the subject of the Holocaust. He has Jewish roots although he left the Jewish community. Ambassador’s grandparents died in the Holocaust, and his father was arrested by the National Socialists in Vienna but he managed to escape to Palestine. In the bestselling novel “28 Long Days,” David Savier describes the difficult and deadly daily life in the Warsaw ghetto and the life of a young smuggler heroine.
Love Gets a Room is also about drama and about love and survival against the backdrop of a theatrical encounter that Safier encounters. It was performed in January 1942 at the “Vimina Theater” in the Warsaw ghetto. “People made fun of this comedy at their misery at the time, five months before they were deported,” says Ambassador, who bought the rights to the play. A radio play, book, and motion picture, created and modeled by Safier, was largely modeled on the play.
Well made sweet candy
In principle, many of his books and films deal with universal themes. The leitmotif in ’28 Long Days’ is the question: What kind of person do I want to be? says the author, who also learned some of his craft as a journalist. “What is morally right?” Of course, Safier, who has his roots in Bremen, doesn’t take such an approach with “Miss Merkel”: “Miss Merkel’s novels are – we hope – very well made. Something people like, savor, relish and distract.”
The success and sales numbers speak for themselves. The novels have also been published in Italy, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, and others. And even if it’s an artificial character: many readers can imagine the former counselor as a principal investigator. “We also don’t know: she may have actually solved the Uckermark murder cases. So far it hasn’t been refuted,” Safier says with a smile.
Only Angela Merkel can explain this. She is said to have read books. But this is also unknown: “We ask for your understanding that we generally do not provide any information about the former chancellor’s private reading habits,” her office said.
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