“Der Tod von Reval” by Werner Bergengruen

“Der Tod von Reval” by Werner Bergengruen

The books subtitle is "Bizarre Stories from an Old City". One is about the Duke of Croy, who was colonel under Augustus the Strong and was appointed General Field Marshal by Peter the Great. Later he enjoyed life as a noble prisoner in Reval (German name of Tallinn). His corpse was used as a pledge from the Reval citizens in the hope that his family will pay his debts. (more…)
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“Adieu, Atlantis” by Valentina Freimane

“Adieu, Atlantis” by Valentina Freimane

Valentina Freimane describes her carefree and fulfilled childhood, which she spent with her cosmopolitan parents in Berlin, Paris and Riga. Everything changes with the World War II. Latvia was occupied at first by the Russians and then by Hitler. Almost her entire Jewish family didn't survive the time. She herself survived hidden in different houses in Riga. (more…)
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“NordBräute” by Anne Siegel

“NordBräute” by Anne Siegel

This is a fictional story about three German women based on the life stories of women in the book "Frauen, Fische, Fjorde". The Icelanders protested in 1948 against entry into NATO and in 2008 against the government and the banks during the banking crisis. These two historical events are the beginning and the end of the story. (more…)
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“Liebe Isländer” by Huldur Breiðfjörð

“Liebe Isländer” by Huldur Breiðfjörð

Huldur Breiðfjörð lives in Reykjavik and one day he decided to round Iceland in January and February with a car. He bought a jeep called "Lappi" and drove off without a plan, but with the desire to meet his fellow countrymen. The author describes his everyday encounters and the warm welcome by the people. (more…)
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