Ist es besser etwas zu wissen oder etwas nicht zu wissen?

“Is it better to know something or not to know something, Mr. Loest?” Question in a ZDF interview with the 87-year-old Leipzig writer Erich Loest, two weeks before he died recently.

Q: What condition is better, Mr. Loest? Knowing something or not knowing something?

Erich Loest: Knowing is always better. Because sometimes some other people know, and then things can get unpleasant. So knowing is always good.

Mr. Loest wrote over 50 books, including Nikolaikirche and the 1977 autobiography Es geht seinen Gang, which was censored by the East German S.E.D. regime. He asked that at his funeral celebration [Trauerfeier] there be no speeches and no lies, just champagne.

(Isst   ess   bess ah   ett voss   tsoo   VISS en   oh dear   ett voss   NICHH t   tsoo   viss en.)

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