Eva Maria Ghoshal, writing under her maiden name, Knabenbauer, knows about withstanding indoctrination, talking in whispers to trusted friends, feeling trapped behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany. She was there.
The author lived in England from 1961. When her two children were of school age she studied and completed, part-time, a BA (Honours) degree in Philosophy. After a variety of jobs, she taught for many years in further education while at the same time pursuing postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics, gaining a Diploma and MA. Recently retired, she has returned to live in Germany.
Nachdem Alexander in der Nacht zuvor entführt worden war, erlangt er sein
Bewusstsein zurück und stellt mit Schrecken fest, dass er gefesselt in einem kalten,
düsteren Keller gefangengehalten wird. Er wehrt sich gegen die aufkommende Panik
und fragt sich:Warum?
ie Aufteilung Deutschlands nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg in zwei voneinander getrennte Staaten hat viele Menschenleben beeinträchtigt, und viele im Ostteil Lebende wurden zu Opfern eines unnachsichtigen Systems. Anni besucht nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer ihre alte Heimat Aschersleben, jene kleine ostdeutsche Stadt, aus der sie mit zwanzig Jahren flüchtete.
The common thread running through all twelve stories of this collection is that they are based on subsidiary characters of Eva’s novel Silent Shadows. Mostly, the stories are snapshots of life in the former GDR or they afford glimpses into the re-united Germany, and in this they are unashamedly political. But, above all, each story is about the trials and tribulations of the human condition.
The division of Germany into two separate countries during the Cold War disrupted many lives, leaving many in the East to become the victims of a vicious system. Anni struggles to come to grips with memories of those who sought to oppress her and vivid recollections of a passionate love affair that ended with her escape to the West.