Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Marina Osipova – Push Me Off a Cliff a novel set in post war Russia when wounds and loss are still dominant in the minds of the survivors.
About the book
March of 1948. Three years have passed since the Great Patriotic War ended in victory, disposing into the streets of the destroyed and hungry cities and villages brave decorated soldiers: thousands of them having been burned, maimed, or disfigured beyond recognition.
On a crowded commuter train, Maria hears an invalid singing, which painfully connects her to her time at the front and to the love that failed to happen to her. Why, then, since that day, does the voice from the past echo so insistently in her present life? The torture of uncertainty—was it really Armen?—intensifies after the next encounter and leaves her with an unsettling compulsion to do . . . what? Help him? Or, rather, rescue herself from her lonely and unassuming existence her heart subtly rejects? She must decide whether she is willing to let go of the life she knows for feelings she had never thought she could experience.
But, first, she has to find him.
As the genocide of 1915 within the Ottoman Empire destroyed the lives of Armen’s parents and about one-and-a-half-million ethnic Armenians, his future is shattered by this other war and betrayal. Legless and totally alone, and without any family after his mother is gone, it seems the most merciful thing for him would be to end his miserable existence by leaping off a cliff. Otherwise, he must find the courage to continue living in the condition the war left him and find his place in the bitter every-day reality full of difficulties prone to men like him.
Maria and Armen. Each carries private wounds. In the face of despair, will fate offer them a chance to heal their souls and hearts?
Other books by Marina Osipova
One of the recent reviews for How Dare the Birds Sing
I am a great fan of Marina Osipova’s writing. She has a way of writing WWII stories which are both harrowing and yet poignant. How Dare The Birds Sing is certainly one such book. In the months leading up to the outbreak of WWII, Lyuba, a young girl with her life ahead of her, falls for Gunter, a German pilot, but WWII brings her world crashing down in a way she could never imagine. Nothing will be the same again and Lyuba will be a changed woman by the time the war ends.
Osipova really brings home the brutality of war and life under Nazi rule in the Soviet Union. particularly Byelorussia. She knows this area well and her research is impeccable. I always like to learn something when I read a WWII book, and I certainly did here. We learn of a powerful and increasingly well-coordinated Soviet partisan movement that emerged, hiding out in the woods and swamps, and of the camps the prisoners were sent to.
The story is heart-wrenching and emotional, and the characters complex and multi-layered, in particular, Lyuba, a woman who endured so much and was incredibly resilient. She will haunt you for a very long time. Highly recommended.
About Marina Osipova
Marina Osipova was born in East Germany into a military family and grew up in Russia where she graduated from the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives. She also has a diploma as a German language translator from the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. In Russia, she worked first in a scientific-technical institute as a translator then in a Government Ministry in the office of international relations, later for some Austrian firms. For seventeen years, she lived in the United States where she worked in a law firm. Eventually, she found her home in Austria. She is an award-winning author and a member of the Historical Novel Society.
Thanks for dropping by today and it would be great if you could share the news of Marina’s latest book…Thanks Sally