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The Leipzig Affair The year is East Germany is in the grip of communism Magda a brilliant but disillusioned young linguist is desperate to flee to the West When a black market deal brings her into contact with Ro

  • Title: The Leipzig Affair
  • Author: Fiona Rintoul
  • ISBN: 9781906582975
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Leipzig Affair By Fiona Rintoul, The year is 1985 East Germany is in the grip of communism Magda, a brilliant but disillusioned young linguist, is desperate to flee to the West When a black market deal brings her into contact with Robert, a young Scot studying at Leipzig University, she sees a way to realise her escape plans But as Robert falls in love with her, he stumbles into a complex world of shiThe year is 1985 East Germany is in the grip of communism Magda, a brilliant but disillusioned young linguist, is desperate to flee to the West When a black market deal brings her into contact with Robert, a young Scot studying at Leipzig University, she sees a way to realise her escape plans But as Robert falls in love with her, he stumbles into a complex world of shifting half truths one that will undo them both.Many years later, long after the Berlin Wall has been torn down, Robert returns to Leipzig in search of answers Can he track down the elusive Magda And will the past give up its secrets

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    1. BABTbbc programmes b05h3pmmDescription A tale of love, betrayal and redemption in the dying days of the Cold War Set in Germany both in the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as post unification, and encompassing the excesses of life in 1980 s Britain.Bob McPherson is Scottish and unemployed He lost his highly paid job in the City because of his alcoholism His counsellor at the Alcohol Advisory Service suggests he look back to a pivotal point in his life Leipzig in the 1980s, when [...]

    2. Claustrophic story of life in the GDR and the effects following the reunification.Fiona Rintoul captures life in the GDR very accurately She describes how citizens had to toe the Party line or face a lifetime of even greater misery forced into dead end jobs and sub standard housing The author lived there as a British student so knows her stuff Her descriptions of the Stasi interrogations and life in prison ring very true I was shown round the Stasi Prison at Berlin Hohensch nhausen by a former i [...]

    3. Fiona Rintoul s novel is set in East Germany in the 1980s at the fag end of the GDR and then again a decade or so after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany It is the story principally of a young German woman who wishes to escape to the west and of a Scottish student researching in Leipzig whom she meets and sees as her vehicle out Subsequent events involve betrayals, interrogations, expulsions, imprisonments and deaths.It comes as no surprise that the author spent time i [...]

    4. I heard of this from a friend listening to it being read on the UK s Radio 4 It had a special resonance for us as we were both exchange students at the KMU in Leipzig in the late 70 s Fiona Rintoul expertly captures much of the atmosphere of the Honecker years seen through the eyes of the westerner and the disillusioned young DDR B rgerin I especially like that she creates Magda as a real person, not a clich A young woman questioning and resenting, but not yet ready to give up her ideals of a h [...]

    5. It s another world over there I loved this novel, it had me gripped all the way through The setting and time period is one that I find fascinating having studied German, and I do enjoy find intriguing a lot of fiction that involves events surrounding the Berlin Wall and the former East Germany Fiona Rintoul has created two captivating main characters in Magda and Robert She creates tension and suspense, and really conveys the atmosphere and secrecy of the times Magda is studying interpreting in [...]

    6. A tale of love, betrayal and redemption in the dying days of the Cold War Set in Germany both in the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as post unification, and encompassing the excesses of life in 1980 s Britain.Bob McPherson is Scottish and unemployed He lost his highly paid job in the City because of his alcoholism His counsellor at the Alcohol Advisory Service suggests he look back to a pivotal point in his life Leipzig in the 1980s, when the GDR held its citizens in an iron gr [...]

    7. From BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime A tale of love, betrayal and redemption in the dying days of the Cold War Set in Germany both in the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as post unification, and encompassing the excesses of life in 1980 s Britain.Bob McPherson is Scottish and unemployed He lost his highly paid job in the City because of his alcoholism His counsellor at the Alcohol Advisory Service suggests he look back to a pivotal point in his life Leipzig in the 1980s, when the GD [...]

    8. I m a little tired of story lines with alternating voices in alternating chapters I hate the interruptions And I m not fond of the second person either But lately I m obsessed with East Germany This is very satisfyingmeone who has spent his entire life manipulating his way to the top in a system where favour counts for everything and merit for very little.Nothing is frightening to a former prisoner than freedom You know, he says, when the border was sealed in 1961 people were happy It meant no [...]

    9. The Leipzig Affair is a cold war thriller.The story opens with Bob recalling the death of Marek, for which he blames himself this sets an intriguing, dark tone to the book.The story then turns to 1985, Leipzig, East Germany Magda is training to be an English interpreter and translator her hopes are pinned on winning a place on a study programme in Great Britain, so that she may escape the strict socialist regime she rebels against Magda once believed in socialism, but when her brother, an Olympi [...]

    10. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I did a one month study abroad in West Germany in 1985 While we spent most of our time in Nuremburg, we traveled to West Berlin by train and spent a week there I remember soldiers with machine guns getting onto our train once we crossed into East Germany When we spent one day in East Berlin, we pretty much stayed on our bus, were taken to various memorial sites commemorating the Soviet liberation of Berlin, and were t [...]

    11. Firstly, thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I m always into anything set in this period of history What is it about Eastern bloc Communism and its end that is so fascinating Maybe it s that it all fell apart when I was just old enough to remember images from the news Maybe it s the idea that Berlin was a divided and fiercely guarded city for so many decades Or perhaps it is all the stories of secrecy and deception that have emerged si [...]

    12. The year is 1985 East Germany is in the grip of communism Magda, a brilliant but disillusioned young linguist, is desperate to flee to the West When a black market deal brings her into contact with Robert, a young Scot studying at Leipzig University, she sees a way to realise her escape plans But as Robert falls in love with her, he stumbles into a complex world of shifting half truths one that will undo them both.I d imagine that Fiona has spent some time in the area in which she writes because [...]

    13. A fictional, but soundly fact based look at life behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany during the Cold War Stasi files show 100,000 East Germans were used to spy on each other, reporting all manner of suspicious activity, and things as mundane having a West German pudding in the pantry It must have been impossible to trust anyone Robert is a Scottish researcher doing research in Leipzig Magda is a brilliant translator, who is involved with charismatic Marek A love triangle develops while the s [...]

    14. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story has twists, turns and many surprises The main characters of Magda and Robert are very strong, I really like who the author has portaryed them as such a changing time in history The story starts in East Germany in 1985 and progresses through the time that the Berlin Wall was taken down, it runs through what happened to people who wanted to desert the then DDR and the consequences I really felt like I was living in the same period of time reading the book [...]

    15. What a fantastic debut a very readable page turner which from my limited contact with people from Leipzig in the 1980s does seem to reflect accurately the hopes, fears and experiences of a generation of young people, for whom the demolition of the Berlin Wall offered freedom but not of the kind they had envisioned and worked for, in most cases for many years It also brings to life the dark side of the East German regime, and how even close friends could turn out to be informers Indeed, I wonder [...]

    16. I got about 25% of the way through this book and still did not understand what was going Maybe it s my ignorance of European history, etc or the fact that I did not understand most of the words But I just could not get into this book Thank you Aurora Metro Press and Net Galley for the opportunity.

    17. A wonderful book Germany before and after re unification and on both sides of the border At one level this is a story about the rights and wrongs of Marxism At another it s a tangled story of many entwined relationships More than either of those, it s about human aspirations and frailty And, imho, all really well written I shall find another book by her

    18. I almost quit reading this book after the first fifty pages I am so glad that I didn t because I would have missed this fine story It is a human drama that is filled with heart and real to life characters that make you care about their outcome If you stick with this book you will be rewarded with a very good story filled with heart and hope.

    19. The city is East Berlin, close to the end of the Cold War, where two students walk a tightrope of love and deception A vivid, compelling portrait of the East German experience.

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