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Ingo Schulze has many reasons to take to the streets today. In conversation with Martin Machowecz, the office manager of ZEIT in the East, he speaks in the ZEIT stage podcast about his aversion to Pegida, his role as a reversal author and about his novel The Righteous Murderer , from which the author also reads a few passages.

Ingo Schulze did not accept the radicalization of society. With that, to be called a turning author, yes. He used to be upset about it, but it was a fight against windmill blades. In the meantime it was "actually neat". His novels are often about fate of turning and reunification. Ingo Schulze became known with his 1998 novel Simple Stories - A novel from the East German province known. The period in the early 1990s, when he had to learn capitalism on a rapid course, was a defining one for him.

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Ingo Schulze, the son of a doctor, is also critical of the German health care system, because "I think we as a society have to say very precisely where we don't want a market economy. Where values ​​are at stake, just like health and dignity, where that doesn't matter ". He found it "absurd that hospitals can be bought by hedge funds" and "very questionable if it is no longer a question of patients, but of customers".

The interview is a recording of the online live event from the series "One hour of TIME with ...", which took place on June 24, 2020 in Berlin.