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07 Dec 2012

The paperback is now out on Amazon

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Luck-Weissensteiners-1-Christoph-Fischer/dp/1481130331/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354907413&sr=1-2

06 Dec 2012

Another 5 stars for The Luck of the Weissensteiners

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Christoph Fischer’s The Luck of the Weissensteiners , was an epic and impressive read. The amount of research the author must have put into writing this story was evident by the well thought out and described times in time when geography was redirected by reigns of terror in Germany, in Russia, in the hearts of others that could watch nations of peoples, families torn apart and displaced. What starts out as a love story, a metaphor beginning in the spring of a young couple lives moves into the dark themes of our human shadow, where love turns to distrust and betrayal.
This is a story of intolerance at its worst, but is also a story of the strength of the human spirit to help and do good at great risk. While parts were too overly narrative for my taste the story and oppression of the time were never lost on the read, which kept me involved in this story, that by the time I was half way into the story I wanted to take time off to sit and finish it, to find out what happened to all the characters in their struggle to escape and survive. Sadly, like all of life there is much sorrow and loss, reality, but there is also survival and hope. I will not forget this read for a while to come.

04 Dec 2012

Another good review for “The Luck of the Weissensteiners”

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http://reviewerteamwinz.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/review-of-the-luck-of-the-weissensteiners-the-three-nations-trilogy-by-christoph-fischer/

30 Nov 2012

‘Luck’ in times of war and piece

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Here is a link to an article I wrote as guest on Kerry’s Dwyer’s  great blog

 

http://kerrydwyer.net/2012/11/30/luck-in-times-of-war-and-peace/

30 Nov 2012

Kindle e-book now available on Amazon

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You can find the book under this web address:

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Weissensteiners-Three-Nations-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00AFQC4QC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354269814&sr=8-1

30 Nov 2012

Author Interview

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  1. 1.       What types of books do you write?

I write historical novels and also some contemporary fiction. I am fascinated by the last century and the way both World Wars have affected the creation of new nations: The changing of borders, forced or voluntary movement of people and the resulting conflicts of loyalty and sense of belonging of my heroes. To portray this I usually create a large cast of characters whose lives are affected by the chain reaction of political and personal changes.

My other, contemporary, fiction revolves around private dramas, such as mental and physical illnesses, mid-life crisis and choices we are forced to make in our lives.

 

  1. 2.       What is the latest book You have written?

“The Luck of the Weissensteiners” is a novel set in 1933 Bratislava of what was then the First Republic of Czechoslovakia. It focuses on the romance between a Jewish weaver’s daughter and a German bookseller. As fascist interest in the country increases and war comes to Europe the couple and their families have to face the challenges thrown at each of them. After the War there are more unexpected circumstances to deal with.

I have some family connections to the region and while researching the past of my ancestors I started to become particularly fascinated by the role that Slovakia played in World War II.

 

  1. 3.       Is it part of a series?

“The Luck of the Weissensteiners” is part of a trilogy, which deals with the issues I have outlined above: Political borders, forced or voluntary mass movement of people and conflicts of loyalty and sense of belonging. The Trilogy is loosely entitled “The Trilogy of Nations”. The next part in the series has the working title “Sebastian” and is set in Vienna before and after World War I.

 

  1. 4.       When did You start writing?

I first started writing at the age of 10 for my school’s student magazine, mainly comic pieces. In my late teens my desire to read got the upper hand and I abandoned my creativity in order to read more of what others had put together. I started again two years ago.

 

 

 

  1. 5.       Why did You start writing?

I began to write a student manual for a course I was planning to give and got distracted by the idea for a novel. Curious to see if I could do it I persevered, expecting to lose my momentum before long. Only as I reached the 100 page mark did I believe that this story could turn into a book. My reason for writing that particular and yet unpublished book was my desire to share my personal experiences with mentally ill people, to alert people to the problems, heighten their sensitivity and become more tolerant, change their perspective. I am writing books of the type that I prefer in the hope that they will entertain others in the same way as I have been entertained and educated by great writers in the genre.

 

  1. 6.       Who are your influences?

In terms of other authors, I would have to say: Lionel Shriver, Simon Mawer, Christos Tsiolkas, Tom Perrotta and Patrick Gale – to name a few. Their honesty and bite when portraying their characters, their ability to create a love-hate relationship with their protagonists have fascinated me deeply and I am sure that some of their style has rubbed off on me.

Being German and having learned Latin at school I am told that my sentence structure is reminiscent of Thomas Mann and other German writers, many of whom I studied in my teens and twenties.

Other influences are of course my wonderful friends and editors.

 

  1. 7.       The Future

“The Luck of the Weissensteiners” is out on Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace print on demand in December. The second part of the Trilogy, “Sebastian”, and a book about dementia, are currently in the later stages of editing. I hope to publish at least one of them in 2013.

A translation into German is currently also under way.

30 Nov 2012

The Way I Write

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Most days I sit down as soon as I have walked the dogs in the early morning hours – a compulsive morning person just like my father – and write. The first idea for a story announces itself gradually and suddenly demands to be written down, maybe just in sketches and as a collection of material for specific characters. Then the story begins to tell itself and while the structured part of me wants to hold back and plan the story line and events everything runs away and I have a hard time keeping up with it.
That kind of casual story telling has often caused me grave concern that there are no consistencies in the writing and that nothing will make sense in the end. At page 40, 60 or 80 I stop and go back over the first few chapters. By the end of that rewrite I know where the story is going next and again I have to keep up with it.
At page 120 or 140 the same will happen again and by then I usually am beginning to understand a little more how it all comes together and why I am writing this story in the first place. At that point the idea of a title often is born.
Once the story is finished / has found an ending I go back over it several times, finding mistakes of continuity or other errors. I tend to leave the story like this for a few months before returning to it over and over again.
I feel lucky to be writing in the way I do. Whenever it comes to scenes that need to happen I find myself bored and uncomfortable, preferring the unknown and unexpected to the predictable and planned.

06 Sep 2012

Reviews

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The Luck of the Weissensteiners is an epic saga set in wartime Eastern Europe. It follows the lives of two families – one Jewish, one Catholic – and their entwined survival amidst the backdrop of the second world war; first the fascist then the communist invasion and occupation of Slovakia, and the horror of the consequences of war. The reader is transported to a world of deception, fear, distrust and betrayal, alongside enduring love and family drama. The characters are vividly painted in the mind of the reader as we follow their journey across Europe at a time of unimaginable challenge and trauma. Weissensteiners is a magnificent tale of human survival. I wish I hadn’t read it already so that I may repeat the pleasure of discovering and becoming lost in the story once again.

 

From the moment that Greta Weissensteiner enters the bookstore where Wilhelm Winkelmeier works, and entrances him with her good looks and serious ways, I was hooked. But this is no ordinary romance; in tact it is not a romance at all, but a powerful, often sad, Holocaust story. What makes The Luck of the Weissensteiners so extraordinary is the chance Christoph Fischer gives his readers to consider the many different people who were never in concentration camps, never in the military, yet who nonetheless had their own indelible Holocaust experiences. Set in the fascinating area of Bratislava, this is a wide-ranging, historically accurate exploration of the connections between social location, personal integrity and, as the title says, luck. I cared about every one of this novel’s characters and continued to think about them long after I’d finished reading.

— Andrea Steiner, University of California Santa Cruz

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