You’re a bookseller and student, just like Halina. How much of you is in your main character?
It’s hard to say. Some of the situations that Halina finds herself in, and her dreams, are drawn from my own life. The rest is autofiction, so it’s based on my own experiences. Looking back, I have often wondered whether Halina is like me. But while I was writing, I didn’t really think about it. I’ve come to the conclusion that Halina is a kind of parallel existence. Her thoughts and experiences emerged while I was writing and didn’t exist before in this way.
What’s the story behind the strange title, Böse Delphine [Evil Dolphins]?
While I was writing the book, the title just popped into my head. I thought: ‘That’s it!’ It fits the story and Halina perfectly. Dolphins appear to be naive and outwardly a little gaga, but nobody knows what’s going on inside. It’s the same with Halina, she clenches her fists in her pockets. It’s the same for a lot of people – they’re unhappy in certain situations and feel really angry, but they can’t find the right words until they’re in the shower a couple of hours later.