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.
Here is another short excerpt from the book:
During this time Germany not only completed the Norwegian campaign, it also invaded Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands in one swift motion. Line and Ansgar were both delighted and cheered at the event while Raisa was fuming about the situation at home and abroad. To her those celebrations were stupidity and ignorance, but she managed to keep her thoughts to herself and made Zacharias do the same. There was no point in creating more controversy and widening the gap between the camps in the apartment as they had widened in Europe.
By June the Baltic countries had lost their independence and had become part of the greater Soviet Union. Line gloated about how accurate her assessment of Stalin had been. Her behaviour irritated the already somewhat worn out and disappointed Raisa.
“If Stalin does anything you find it despicable but when Hitler does the same you cheer? How can you have such double standards?” she asked Line.
“Oh Raisa, I’ve said it time and time again. Hitler brings employment and wealth, Stalin brings forced labour and misery. I just hope Hitler hasn’t traded Finland with Stalin for Sweden or Hungary,” Line said, ignoring the insulting tone.
“She’s right,” Ansgar chipped in. “Finland has got to be careful. I think the Government should invite Hitler in before it’s too late.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything so stupid in my entire life,” Raisa said frustrated. “Hitler won’t do anything to stir problems with Stalin. And if he did, Finland would be at best a German province with no say whatsoever. Is that what you nationalists want? Would you rather lose your precious national independence? How could you be so naïve to think Hitler wouldn’t take your money and put it in the German military budget? There is no better side!”
“Well, why don’t the two of you go pack your bags and go to Denmark or to Germany and join his army?” Raisa screamed. “What’s keeping you here? … Get out! The two of you!”
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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.