In the sleepy town of Bratislava in 1933 a romantic girl falls for a bookseller from Berlin. Greta Weissensteiner, daughter of a Jewish weaver, slowly settles in with the Winkelmeier clan just as the developments in Germany start to make waves in Europe. The political climate in the multifaceted cultural jigsaw puzzle of Czechoslovakia becomes more complex and affects the fragile relations between the couple and the families.
The story follows their lot through the war with its predictable and also its unexpected turns and events and the equally hard times after
This book is part of a Trilogy, currently loosely entitled “The Three Nations Trilogy”. The novels all deal with similar themes of home and identity in various Central European Countries affected by war and political changes.
A historical novel and a tale of human survival in a dark chapter of European History.
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I’ve put this at the top of my “to read” list 🙂
John Nicholl said:
I’ve just bought it. Just my type of book.
Thanks John. I hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂
Hi Christoph, it’s reassuring to know that someone has tried to bring the topic of multiethnic Central Europe, squeezed between two ‘powers’ and two world wars, in romantic fiction. I have briefly touched on the common legacies and histories of people from this region (me, being one of them) through time and space in a couple of blogs. This is a topic that I am interested in exploring further. I will definitely look at your publications as soon as I clear my reading list! You may find it interesting to check out some of my posts. Just out of interest – is there any reason why you self-published rather than gone via a publisher? I think the topics are definitely what’s missing from the current history fiction… http://wp.me/p7z1pV-vL and http://wp.me/p7z1pV-tq
Hello and nice to meet you. There is some excellent content on your blog, so I hit follow and shall re-blog some of your posts, if I may, to connect my interested readership with your blog, too. If you ever wanted to write a guest post, you’d be more than welcome.
I wasn’t serious about a writing career when I started out and I just wanted my stories and the issues within them to get out there. I didn’t want to be discouraged by the awkward process of begging for an audience with someone who knowns someone in the industry. I managed to connect to a fair share of readers on my own. Of course I still ask myself if a different path would have produced different and better results.
It’s interesting to hear how you started. My writing is scattered across different subjects of identity, diversity, migrantion and due to full time job and family I am a bit frustrated by not being able to focis enough to achieve at least one decent novella. Your writing however encourages me and I might take you up on the opportunity of a guest blog. Have a good day and weekend
oh, and thanks for reblogging