HUO In études there are not only passages of artistic prose but also the Fetzchen – the little scraps.

FM Yes, Fetzchen is one of my favourite words. It’s related to the way I write, that I attach particu- lar importance to small things and especially also to animals.

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HUO These Fetzchen seem like the opposite of stories – is that fair to say? Are we dealing with anti-stories here?

FM I am against stories and don’t necessarily like reading that kind of stuff either.

HUO The other thing about stories is that you don’t want to read them twice, but the Fetzchen can be re-ordered and reread again and again.

FM You can flip forwards and backwards.