What was Germany like like in 1968? The world’s most prosperous country, but still with outworn structures (hence the student unrest) and traces of the horrors of 1933 – 1945.
Follow the young English academic Mark in his adventures there in “Winter 1968”.
“As Though Everything Depended on Me” was the slogan of Kurt Lenz, the courageous journalist in the novel of the same name. If even a determined minority of Germans had thought that way, the atrocities of Hitler would not have occurred.
“Fatal Empires” tells the story of a Russian scientist sent in the 19th century to “validate” his country’s “right” to claim an island as part of its empire because he had spent a year there (that was an agreement among the European big powers). But Maklin grew to love the people whose land he was supposed to help annex. Then he had problems in the British colony Queensland because of his anti-racist stance. The story gives us a broad picture of life at the heyday of colonialism.
Russians tend to think, after the catastrophic 1990’s, that life was better in the old Soviet Union. Maybe better, but certainly not good. The novel “Love Amid the Ruins” takes us back to the last year before the collapse of SU and reminds us why it collapsed. By the way, it’s also a love story!
“God Has No Church” is an adventure story set on a Pacific island. The population are living in harmony with their environment till a tsunami strikes: that gives an unscrupulous Australian tourist company the chance to convert the island into a resort for rich tourists. We also meet a photo-journalist on the brink of nervous collapse from witnessing too many catastrophes; a charismatic priest who no longer believes his church’s doctrines; a corrupt president, and other colorful characters.