Comic Interview
Reinhard Kleist on inspiration, protest – and France

With his graphic novel “Der Traum von Olympia” Reinhard Kleist created a highly moving illustrated commentary on the debate about refugees and migration. In it, Kleist tells the story of Somali runner Samia Yusuf Omar, who at the age of 17 years was on the starting line at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Her dream: a life as an athlete in Europe. In April 2012 she drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean. On the occasion of the Frankfurt Book fair in the interview he responds to questions about his work and France, this year’s Book Fair Guest of Honour.

Reinhard Kleist
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Reinhard Kleist lives in Berlin and studied at the Münster School of Design. Alongside comics he loves music. He has most recently brought out a comic biography of Nick Cave. 


Where do you get the inspiration for your comics?
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What German personality should be immortalized in a comic of their own?
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What image of Germany would you like to convey outside the country?
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France is this year’s Book Fair Guest of Honour: Please show us one of your figures in the French
version.
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Liberté, égalité, fraternité – and what would you go on the streets to protest about?
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