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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

The action of Veronika Decides to Die takes place in Slovenia, and as you write, nobody knows where Slovenia is. Could you specify, in what way the experience of people living in the East Europe, in post-communist, post-totalitarian, “unknown” world, was interesting to you.

It is very interesting to me to write about cultures and countries that resist the threat to be wiped out from the map, because that shows that there live people strong enough to resist. This is a characteristic of the soul, and people who are able to resist the death of their culture, are good example to all of us.

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