Friday, February 24, 2012
My Berlin novel is a complex book. The history it contains and reflects is complicated and important. Kreuzberg is a crazy mix of punkers, immigrants, rebels. Friedrichshain is riddled with spies and deprivation. The characters have to be (for me) a new breed of people. There have to be sub-plots and entanglements. Still, as I read I asked myself questions: Too complex? Too entangled? Should I bring the language down a notch?
At one point, my husband near, I pondered out loud.
He listened, briefly, then decided. "People like simple stories," he said. "You should write The Godfather."