What is the worst thing that can happen to you?

Being ignored.

What is absolute happiness on earth for you?

To sit together with good friends and also to able to talk nonsense from time to time. And: To have slept soundly.

Your favourite literary heroes?

Urania Cabral from Vargas Llosa's "The Feast of the Goat", young Mahlke in "Cat and Mouse" by Günter Grass and the beautiful daughter in Naguib Malfuss' "Palace Walk".

Your favourite heroine from the real world?

Condolezza Rice. The woman understands the male ego.

Your favourite painters?

Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein and Vassily Kandinsky.

Your dream of happiness?

To always be able to dream.

What would make you most unhappy?

Being unable to sleep, without knowing why.

Which character traits do you value most in a man?

Self-confidence, intelligence and the ability to reflect on things.

Your favourite colour?

The colour that you see when you swim far out to sea, close your eyes and feel the rays of sunshine that are reflected by the waves.

Your favourite activity?

Midnight-swimming. No doubt about it.

Who or what would you have liked to have been?

A good footballer - or pianist. I could still become all the other things... maybe.

Your main character trait?

A healthy dose of overestimating my capabilities, combined with the ability to stand up again after each defeat.

What do you value most in your friends?

That I can rely on them and don't have to play a role.

Your biggest mistake?

To want to classify my mistakes as strengths.

Your heroines from history?

Cleopatra, of course. But what about Eve?

What do you detest most of all?

Obstructionism, garden gnome wars.

Which military performance do you most admire?

D-Day, the 1944 landing by the Americans in Normandy.

Which natural talent would you like to possess?

To be able to sing would be sooo nice

Your current state of mind?

Somewhat distanced, but playful.

Where do you want to live?

In the centre of the town, where I have my peace and quiet.

Which mistakes are you most likely to forgive?

A healthy dose of overestimating one's own capabilities.

Your favourite historical figure?

FDR and Rasputin - for opposite reasons.

Your favourite fictional heroine?

Mary, as in ,There's something about Mary'.

Your favourite composer?

Mozart in the morning, Bach in the evening.

Which character traits do you value most in a woman?

Self-confidence, intelligence and playfulness.

Which character traits do you value most in a man?

Self-confidence, intelligence and the ability to reflect on things.

What do you want to be?

Just as I am, when I really am as I believe myself to be.

Your favourite virtue?

To be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

Your favourite flower?

The flower that is there where you don't expect it to be.

Your favourite bird?

A flying eagle, a quiet parrot and a grilled chicken.

Your favourite author?

Patrick Süsskind and Umberto Eco.

Your favourite lyricist?

Snoop Dogg, John Mayer and Josef Hader.

Your "real world" hero?

Bill Clinton.

Your favourite names?

Alessandra and Paris.

Which historical figure do you most despise?

Jessica Lynch, the American private who acted out her "rescue operation" by American soldiers in Iraq.

Which reform do you most admire?

Those reforms, which are not yet reforms, but which are continually being announced - when they are arrive: in Cuba.

How do you want to die?


Your motto?

Roberto Benigni was right: Life is beautiful.