A Berlin of the Mind.
Sample only. © A. Colin Wright.
After a childhood spent in the women's concentration camp in Ravensbrück, Hermine (whose name comes from a novel by Hermann Hesse) marries Duncan, who encourages her to write a novel. This relates to her complicated experience of Michael, his brother Heinrich (Heinrich) her German father Wartmann and others. Falling is love with Henry, she heartily dislikes Michael, whose only desire is to seduce as many women as possible.
The novel is set in the later days of World War II, and the immediate post-war years: in both the Western and Easten zones of Berlin (later the German Democratic Republic).