The writer Heinz Strunk likes to wallow in the abyss. What drives him? an encounter.

A walk with Heinz Strunk. The weather is moderate today. The author is wearing a bobble hat. You will hardly recognize him and we can talk in peace. “Hey, Heinz Strunk! When is your new book coming out?” a retired man yells from across the street.

“In two weeks!” Strunk calls back as we walk on. And then says: “I never thought that he was a fan of mine.”

He still can’t quite believe what has happened over the past few years. “I’ve always been a niche with my stuff. And now a bestselling author. Unbelievable.”