MODERN TIMES hits Renate Feyl for an interview in restaurant Nolle, with premises under the S-Bahn just off Friedrichstrasse station in Berlin Mitte. The interior sets us to historical surroundings from the 1920s. But we go even further back – to the mid-19th century:

- The title of last year's novel The unforgettable condition of happiness ("The inalienable condition of happiness ») is taken from a letter from the later famous Ferdinand Lassalle to Countess Sophie von Hatzfeldt where he writes: "They are the alpha and omega of my thoughts. They are the first and imperative condition of my happiness. ” A book with an explosive mix of romance and politics?

- You can safely say that. Lassalle then became a revolutionary by representing the Countess of. . .

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