Uwe Timm has been one of the leading lights in German literature for 50 years. No other author has so consistently combined narrative brilliance, personal experience and political consciousness in their work. On March 30, the great storyteller turns 80. His latest release is Der Verrückte in den Dünen. Über Utopie und Literatur [“The Madman in the Dunes. On Utopia and Literature”]. Uwe Timm talks with Moritz Rinke (“The Man Who Fell Through the Century”) about utopia in defense of a better coexistence and the power of wishes.