My last character portrait from In Search of A Revolution is that of Holger Beck, a young and charismatic teacher with communist leanings.
When he arrives at the school with his red scarf and goatee he has the entire class hang on his every word. Handsome, engaging and good with words he soon has a steady following amongst his students.
He sets up clandestine meetings for his best students and teaches them about Communism and the hopes for a better world.
Zacharias is one of many that get caught in his sphere of influence but he’s the only one who decides to follow the call of the pied piper and travel to Finland to fight for the cause.
I think we all have fallen for charlatans, manipulators and big speakers at some point in our lives, for people who were all talk but didn’t do much themselves.
Beck in my view is a slightly narcistic teacher who fancies himself as leader and a figure of importance and who needs the admiration from others more than he needs his principles. He finds it easy to impress some.
In a film I would quite like Alexander Skarsgaard to take the role, or maybe Willem Dafoe. Charismatic actors with an innate ambiguity that is seductive, yet shows that there is a dangerous or dark side to them, too.
The Book is out tomorrow. You can pre-order it on Amazon already.
Link to an excerpt from the book
IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION
In 1918 young Zacharias Nielsen boards a ship in Copenhagen to join the Red Guards in the Finnish Civil War.Encouraged by an idolised teacher with communist leanings, he follows the call for help from his Nordic Comrades, despite his privileged background.
His best friend, Ansgar, has opposing political ideals to Zacharias but, for his own personal reasons, finds himself soon stuck in the Scandinavian North with Zacharias and Raisa, a Finnish nurse who helps them in their new life.
Through the years that follow the brotherly war the trio see the political landscape in Finland and Europe change as Communists and Fascists try to make their mark and attempt to change the world order.
Our heroes must find their own personal and ideological place in these turbulent times as friendship, honour, idealism and love triangles bring out some personal truths.
The book spans almost thirty years of history and the various Finnish conflicts: Civil War, Winter War, Continuation War and the Lapland War. Watch the political and personal self discovery of characters in search of their own revolution.
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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