Politics, Idealism and Communism
I know it is risky to write a book about a man with communist leanings and so I hasten to let you all know that my book was not written with any political intentions whatsoever. Opinions and statements in the book are those of the characters, not my own.
I chose the location for this book out of an interest in the complex and fascinating history of Finland in the first half of the 20th century. That demanded characters with political leanings. I tried to make all people in the book likeable to show the benign intentions of idealists – even though attempts to implement those ideals into a rigid system of (blind) ideology are not always of a benign nature.
In my youth I was very interested in party politics but I lost my sense of belonging to any affiliation a long time ago. I still can feel strongly about specific causes and ideals but find they often are in conflict with other things that I also believe in and I usually end up in total contradiction which I think is symptomatic for all ideologies and rigid systems.
In my opinion, most ideologies – including even Communism – were developed with good intentions and a view to better life for everyone. At their core they usually have very good ideas and honourable ideals. The problems arise when they are abused for the purpose of power or revenge, when they suppress freedom and self-determination and are forced upon people, often without any foundation in realism.
With this is mind I hope you can enjoy the novel for what it is: a story about human nature and some flawed characters on their search for identity and their own path in life. Join them on their journey through three decades of inner and outer conflicts.
Link to an excerpt from the novel
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.