10 Apr 2015

“Riveting Historical Drama” – IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION by Christoph Fischer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Historical Drama, April 9, 2015
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This review is from: In Search of A Revolution (Kindle Edition)
…  I was blown away by this author’s last book, The Healer, and so figured I wouldn’t be going too far out on a limb to presume his storytelling prowess followed him wherever he went. And that included genres I rarely read. I gambled well with my time, because this book is every bit as remarkable as the last.

One of my favorite things about this writer is the subtle, nuanced, layered way in which he writes, that leaves the book open to multiple interpretations. The subtext keeps you from thinking you’ve ever fully fathomed the books. And that of course invites you back for a second and a third read. It invites the kind of coffee house conversations that happen admittedly more in Europe than they do in the States, because the book remains alive to you, and so you almost need to talk it out with your friends.
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What I don’t think there’s any denying is that this book is at least in part a coming of age story for three teens/young adults set in a time and a place where political ideology runs thick. And, of course, there is no age group more responsive to living a life based on ideals and passion than teenagers during their college years, the years before reality has had a chance to thwart their ambitions, and to show them how terribly difficult it is to change the world, to rise above the mundane, to live larger-than-life lives. Needless to say, with a setup like this, the narrative structure takes on the direction of the rude awakening the book’s three central characters have in store for them. And a brutal awakening it is when you factor in fighting in not one but multiple wars, and living in a part of the world where racial and ethnic and cultural divides do more than cause the persecution of outsiders and non-clan members, they drive genocides.
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The three heady youths, spanning the breadth of the political spectrum, the leftist male, the rightist male, and the centrist female, are forever at odds with one another in the midst of loving or pining for each other. (What teen drama would be complete without a lot of pining and romance?) It is through the threesome’s heated debates, arguments, and all-out brawls that we are exposed to the heady ideas of the times, and that the subtle nuances of the politics of the era is brought to life. The youths are embroiled in issues regarding how to make a better life for all that are every bit as worth debating today as it was then, and the causes they commit to every bit worth a young man or a young woman dedicating their lives to.

As misguided as each of these figures are—and let’s not lose track of the fact that for all their profound arguments and self-righteous causes, trying to get the world to submit to one’s view of it is definitely a fool’s errand, thus making them quite misguided—you can’t help empathizing with them. And you can’t help responding to the challenge oozing out of the subtext (admittedly along with other possible interpretations). Namely: Shouldn’t I too be determined to make a difference in this world, to live for a cause that will make me larger-than-life? Shouldn’t I too live with passion, commitment, and as if on a mission from God? Even if that dooms me to suffering and failure? What, after all, is the other option?images (3)

To settle for an existence that is beneath me, a life that doesn’t fully engage, in short, what most of us feel we’re forced to settle for by being more down to earth, by being less idealistic? Or maybe the novel is no more than an homage to idealists, to the artistic temperament, to a rite of passage that all young men and women go through? Is it more about how our lives are as much elevated as debased in the instant we hand them over to one political ideology or another? Is it about all of the above, and yet so much more? I imagine the latter. But as with anything of depth and substance, the more you try to get to the bottom of it, the more its true meaning becomes illusive, just like with probing into the souls and psyches of real people. So maybe this unfathomability speaks as much to the depth and power of the author’s characters and prose as it does to the essential nature of reality.

I could continue to wax poetic, but my advice is just to pick up the book and start reading. You will be richer, if a bit more troubled on account of it, afterwards.



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 christoph-fischer

Short Biography:

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.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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