Troubador Marika

Released: 28/01/2022

ISBN: 9781800465015

eISBN: 9781803139388

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Based on a True Story


Marika is a captivating and fast-moving story which transports the reader through time: from past to present; childhood to adulthood; from peace to war and sorrow to happiness. Interwoven are the tales of a mother, Berta, and her daughter, Marika.

A count chooses love of a commoner over status. After a tragic death we learn of the transportation of a baby from her mother in Hungary to grandparents in Austria and a privileged life awaiting her. Years later, in 1907, Berta’s story starts shortly before her journey back to Hungary.

In 1929 we first meet Marika, a young child aged five, living on the family farm in Hungary. Her capers at school and exploits with friends and family draw us into her life there. Later, in her teenage years, we see sorrow strike with the tragic death of her mother. The narrative turns to wartime and a harrowing flight through occupied Hungary into Austria.

This story is an ever-evolving painting of life, through hardship and uncertainty to romance and hope. After marriage there follows a journey to England. But will Marika finally find peace and a new home?

MARIKA is a wonderful book! The central action of the story moves around two women, mother and daughter, based on the real diaries, letters and verbal history of the author’s family; the writer remarkably has been able to weave into the tale five generations of women in her own family. The reader can look behind the words to witness a gentle steeliness that is passed down from generation to generation as the women navigate social mores and family challenges in a fast-evolving world, and establish independence in adventures across Europe during peace and war — the writer unflinchingly chronicles the women’s own accounts of life during conflict, as refugees and survivors. There are entanglements, mistaken intentions, love, humour and the kindness of strangers along the way! I recommend it!

by Aria Wilson

Vivien Varga

Vivien Varga has worked as an English and Drama teacher in Warwickshire and the West Midlands and lived for several years in Bologna. Now retired, she spends her time travelling and writing. 'Marika' is her first book and was inspired by her mother's stories of her childhood and wartime experiences.

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