5) Will the other books in the Mock Quartet be published one a year or at the same time?
[Well I could hope couldn't I as I am certainly looking forward to the other books.]
I do not know that, it is a question to my English publisher, Mr Christopher MacLehose. [see note end of post]
6) Will they be filmed and which of them would you like to see as a movie?
I sold the film rights to my three novels and I expect a big English-language movie with international cast and a twelve -episode TV series. I am happy that almost the whole cycle will be made into a film.
7) Breslau had a mixed ethnic population before the Second World War, is Wroclaw now mostly Polish?
Before the Second World War Breslau was inhabited by Germans and entirely assimilated Jews, who differed from their co-citizens only in the matter of religion- not language, outfit or habits. There was also a small Polish minority.
Much earlier the town was Prussian, Austrian, Czech and Polish.
Although today Breslau [Wroclaw] is a Polish town with a homogenous population, its inhabitants are very much interested in its multicultural history.
8) Poland lost a huge proportion of its population during the war, and now it is losing many of the most talented young people who are moving to the UK to find work. How do you think Poland will cope?
This is a question for politicians and sociologists, and not a modest crime writer. My answer therefore will be intuition based: we will manage. As we did in the past with more serious problems!
9) The wartime occupation seems to dominate much of Norwegian crime fiction. Do you think that the Second World War and the Cold War will continue to dominate Polish crime fiction in the future?
I do not see a distinct and clear trend in the Polish literature connected with the wartime occupation. It might be present in the genre of historical crime novels, which seems to be more and more popular in Poland.
It is my pleasure to be one of its representatives.
I would like to thank Marek for his time and his very thoughtful interesting answers to my questions.
The good news is that the End of the World in Breslau, number two in the Eberhard Mock Quartet, will be published in English in March 2009.