Troubador Birgit’s Consequences

Released: 28/09/2021

ISBN: 9781800463288

eISBN: 9781800466845

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Birgit’s Consequences

A Morally Reprehensible Woman...


1970s, Calabrian Mountains, Italy. 

Andreas Kuhlemann is searching to find a place, a place he could call home. Born with a latent mental defect to a Norwegian receptionist and a German officer, after the war he was repatriated to his father’s town in Germany and from there, adopted by an Italian railroad worker. Always moving, always feeling lost. 

Meanwhile, Lorenzo Benedetta, who is searching for redemption, is Andreas's counterpoint. His search continues for forty hellish years, clawing his way back up after life kicks him down, determined to reach his goal. It's only when his unspeakable crime is brought to the courts that both men's stories come full circle. But will one find salvation and the other man's life have purpose, if only after death?

If you ever wondered what happened to the Lebensborn children, those that were intended to fulfil the Fuehrer’s desire in creating a master race, this is the extraordinary story of one of them.

I love this book! Each chapter is a cliffhanger. The novel is divided into two books. In the first book a brutal act is committed which initiates a police investigation delving deeper into the life of an adopted German child leading into book two. The author weaves some of the characters within meaningful historical events, with just the right balance, insightful yet not pedagogical. Some chapters are painfully raw and unforgettable, such as the funeral scene and its edgy humor. Another is the palpable despair one feels for Birgit. She and the Lieutenant really loved each other, during a time their countries were at war. So their relationship was doomed to fail. In Birgit’s case her family was against her, her community was against her, and even her government. Note! I had to reach for a tissue more than once. I’ll end here with just one word - WOW!

by Elisa Lucchesi

This book is a page-turner! From start to finish, I felt compelled to read on. I made time for it, postponing many other activities, anxious to find out what happens next in this complex novel. I was instantly at home with the syntax, finding it an easy and comfortable read, free of the clumsiness that causes one to read and re-read passages. The author seems to have a wide range of interests and he applies his knowledge of complex issues such as the Nazi philosophy of Lebensborn, Himmler’s Aryan dream, to amplify his tale. All in all, it is a well written, always exciting, and believe it or not, sometimes comical work. I look forward to more from G M Gaudio.

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