Mr. Ruzowitzky, generations of students had to struggle with Hermann Hesse's “Narcissus and Goldmund”, for many it also became a life novel. Which group did you belong to?
It was like my first literary love. A door opener for adult literature.
So a long-cherished dream to make a film out of it?
To be honest, I have to say no. It's not an active decision, the stuff kind of came back to me by being offered to me. Sometimes you have to trust the stuff to come to you.
Is this highly psychologized medieval story still good as coming-of-age material for young people today?
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