His older children are at home, says Mikhail Shishkin as he collapses into an armchair. But the little one has to go on book tours – and now, for the time of the interview, out into the snow. The 62-year-old is the only Russian author to date to have received three of the country’s most important literary prizes (Russian Booker Prize, national bestseller prize, Bolshaya Kniga Prize), most recently “Peace or War. Russia and the West – An Approach” (together with Fritz Pleitgen). Schischkin is considered to be one of the most internationally important Russian authors and a harsh critic of Putin. However, he left his home country before he came to power. He gives the interview in German .