The idea for IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION was born when I came across an article about the Finnish Civil War. I thought that I knew about European History but this conflict was news to me.
Ashamed and intrigued alike, I read up on the subject on Wikipedia and then I ordered a book about the subject.
Finnish Independence from Russia was almost accidental when Russia was too preoccupied with its own Revolution. The Finnish Parliament and Army were answerable only to the Tsar. With his death came a situation of legal un-clarity. Russian soldiers and citizens, who didn’t want to return to a now Soviet Russia, remained in Finland, robbing, stealing and contributing to the lawless chaos.
In response, bands of men formed as civil defence corps. In cities and industrial centres those tended to be associated with trade unions and left leaning groups, leading to a Red controlled southern Finland. In other areas those corps were of a more conservative nature and they sought the support from the (formerly Tsarist) army.
Distrust was mutual: the Red Guards were suspicious of the (Tsarist Russian) army, whereas the White Guards feared a Red Revolution as had happened in Russia. When the army demanded that the Red Guards disarm, a civil war broke out.
I soon learnt that the Civil War was not the only thing I hadn’t known about the country. Disputes between Finland and Russia over territories led to a series of minor conflicts that happened around the same time as the two World Wars, although almost entirely independent from them: the Winter War, the Continuation War and the Lapland War.
I hope you will enjoy the historical information within my book as much as the storyline and the characters.
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.
The book on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/SearchofRevolution
and on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25113498-in-search-of-a-revolution
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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.