Some of you may remember Marion from my Interview with her. I am glad to present my review of her first novel “Unrelenting” today. The sub-title: “Love and Resistance in Pre-War Germany. Based on a True Story” is a fair description of the book’s content.
This first volume spans the years 1932 to 1936. Although the Nazi’s aren’t in power yet, you can tell where the wind is blowing in 1932, when scientist Q is falsely accused of stealing someone else’s ideas and also, to be sympathising with Communists.
Kummerow shows effortlessly how easy a reputation can be lost and how difficult it was in those days to keep ot of trouble.
The rise of Hitler and the swift change into a fascist society, personal choices and decisions based on feelings are all well portrayed.
Knowing that this is baed on a true story makes this all the more compelling and intense.The book balances tension, information and plot well.
This is a great effort.
Marion Kummerow was born and raised in Germany, before she set out to “discover the world” and lived in various countries. In 1999 she returned to Germany and settled down in Munich where she’s now living with her family.
After dipping her toes with non-fiction books, she finally tackled the project dear to her heart. UNRELENTING is the story about her grandparents, who belonged to the German resistance and fought against the Nazi regime.
It’s a book about resilience, love and the courage to stand up and do the right thing.