The Literary questionnaire of
Actress and friend of the House Vicky Krieps shares the readings that shaped her understanding of reality, from her teenage years to today.
Does your lifestyle allow you to read as much as you would like to?
It doesn’t but I make room for it. I wake up one hour before my kids and I read. Or I take books to set and I read between takes.
Is there a particular book that has affected how you lead your life?
Yes. When I read “Krabat” by Otfried Preußler, I was about 11 years old and starting to make my ideas about the world - the different mechanisms of society which frame our ideas of reality. Reading about a secret society of witchcraft and the idea that humans could travel in their dreams the way we do in life. Really unhinged something in me. And ever since, I never wanted to let go of this idea. A reality next to the one we see - parallel and invisible.
What is the most liberating book you have read?
“Long walk to freedom” by Nelson Mandela a an adult and “1984” as a teenager, I remember getting up in class and leaving the room (to the great outrage of my teacher) just because I wanted to make sure I was really not in the book.
“The idea that humans could travel in their dreams the way we do in life really unhinged something in me.”
What is the most harrowing book you have ever read?
Every book I read about the Holocaust.
What is the best place to read?
I think it’s completely individual, for me maybe sitting under an old tree.
Are you more romance novel or adventure novel?
Do you prefer long novels or short stories?
Hm, I love short stories - I remember discovering the ones by Roald Dahl it was a very strong impression. But I do love getting lost in a whole story. And I just started the short stories by Zadie Smith and I love it!
Which book would you like to see adapted to film?
“Women Talking” by Miriam Toews.
The title of a book you always offer as a gift?
Never do things twice…
Otfried Preußler, Krabat, © Thienemanns, 2021.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, © Little, Brown and Company, 1994, 1995.
George Orwell, 1984, 1949.
© Miriam Toews 2019, Women Talking, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.