In an interview with the German daily newspaper “Welt”, the Briton Ken Folett, author of the worldwide bestseller “Die Säulen der Erde”, spoke about his new book.
“Never”, his new novel, takes place for the first time in the present and is about climate change, tensions between China and the USA and the resulting Third World War. Follett has no doubt that this could also happen in reality. The 72-year-old Briton, who politically describes himself as “left of center”, said that in addition to current events, the First World War also served as the inspiration for his new book.
He read about the First World War and then asked himself whether “something like this could happen again today. I’ve been thinking about it for 15 years. ”He was particularly fascinated by the fact that“ quite sensible ”actors like the German emperor and the Russian tsar“ slipped into ”this war. “The war broke out, although everyone really tried to prevent it from happening. And I found that exciting. Nobody involved was crazy either. “
Unlike back then, women also play a decisive role in “Never”. Two of the key players, the South Korean and US presidents, are made up of “strong, sensible” women. Follett, whose wife Barbara was UK Government Secretary for years, also personally thinks that the better politicians are women. “A woman as a US president should make it clear that she is sensible. Because the attitude “Our country must be strong, we do not allow ourselves to be threatened. We’ll show them how strong we are, “that’s a very masculine attitude, isn’t it?” Said Follett in an interview. He also praised New Zealand President Jacynda Arden for having made “all the right decisions in the corona crisis. She was steadfast and made the rules. ”However, Follett does not leave a good hair on the figure of Republican Senator James Moore. This is strongly reminiscent of the ex-President of the United States, Donald Trump. Follett describes him as “disrespectful to the truth.”
However, according to Follett, the exact outbreak for the fictional Third World War and the approaches to solving the problem are fictitious and not based on real events. When asked how realistic he is personally about the outbreak of a third world war, Follett replied, “I think it’s very realistic. The danger has been around for a long time and China, along with North Korea, is unpredictable. Probably the greatest threat to humanity is probably the climate crisis, but also the spread of viruses. Nuclear war is just as possible. “