Delighted to showcase Marina Osipova and her book The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War and to welcome her to the Cafe and Bookstore.
About the book
October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved’s neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again. Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.
As World War II intertwines Serafima’s and Vitya’s life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again? Praise The Cruel Romance is a tale of love, violence, and acceptance as Serafima is forced to live with what the Germans left behind.
This compelling story makes for a thrilling read in a setting and time that comes to life, pulling the reader into the vividly drawn, rarely seen world. Elisabeth Amaral, author of When Any Kind of Love Will Do and Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup
One of the most recent reviews for the book on Amazon
An absorbing, complex novel about relationships in a time of war and political constraints, The Cruel Romance is beautifully-written and emotionally-involving. Set in Russia during and after the invasion by the Germans in World War 2, it focusses on one young woman’s story in a time when personal fates were at the mercy of vast historical forces as much as individual circumstances. Unflinchingly, yet always with compassion and understanding, it depicts both pain and tenderness, revenge and kindness, sweetness and horror, in its portrayal of Serafima and the three men who each, in very different ways, impact her life forever: Vitya, Werter and Jakob. The historical background is richly-depicted, with a feeling of research lightly-worn, and the character depiction is both believable and moving. And it’s a page-turner too–I read it in one sitting! Highly recommended.
And a review on Goodreads.
The Cruel Romance: A Novel of Love and War, by Marina Osipova, is an excellently written story that draws the reader through every page of this bitter love story, set in World War II and post-war Russia. It is the dramatic and realistic rendering of one young girl’s journey, through German occupation, to post-war trauma and the fight to find relevance and happiness in life again.
This is a haunting tale, beautifully scripted and laced with wonderfully composed metaphors and descriptive passages that turn an otherwise dark and heinous period of human history, into something that is palatable and at times, even simplistically beautiful. It is an historical fiction, and certainly, provides an insight into what life was like in Russia during the German invasion, and the Stalinistic society that evolved in the aftermath of the war. A gripping, somewhat tragic, and yet, mesmerizing tale of love and war
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About Marina Osipova
I was born in the German Democratic Republic to a military family. I am a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives and also graduated from the Moscow Institute for Foreign Languages as a German language interpreter. I worked for a Soviet Governmental Department in the section of International Affairs, then for various German and Austrian firms. Extensive travel to these countries gave me a chance to become intimately familiar with the lands and the people.
In 2001, I immigrated to the United States and eventually made my home in Pawling, NY.
Before publishing The Cruel Romance (Historical Fiction), I have written two other books, The Garden of Weeds and Katyuscha.
My new book, How Dare The Birds Sing, also in the genre of Historical Fiction, is in the early stage of pre-publication.
My next project is related to the occupation of a part of Austria by the Soviet Army in 1945 – 1955 (working title, österreichisches Engelchen und Alescha. Die Okkupationsromanze).
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