Title: Confession with Blue Horses
Authors: Hardach, Sophie
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 339
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: If the Valentin family had known the Berlin Wall would eventually fall, they may have been able to endure the communist yoke for a little bit longer. Instead, with their attempted escape, tragedy ensues. It is not until years later that remaining siblings Ella and Tobi agree that Ella will return to Germany and the Stasi archives for answers, especially as to the fate of their younger brother Heiko, and above all else, the truth of what really happened.

Moving between their East Berlin childhood and the present-day quest, this is an engrossing and atmospheric story of a family suffering the cost of political dissent, even as the demise of East Germany is nigh.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"The book is historically very interesting. I found it an engaging and engrossing read."

"A new and original look at the last days of communism in East Germany."

"Great characters. The book has heaps of atmosphere."

"I found the beginning of the book rather flat but once it moved to Berlin, the pace moved quickly, and I enjoyed it very much."

"Keeps you guessing right to the end."

"This is a good 'yarn', well-told and easy to read."

"I found the setting and history interesting as it's not an era I knew much about."

"Torture is described, but not explicit."

Categories: Fiction, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Historical, Human Rights, Political, Relationships, England, Germany, 2022 Titles, Larger font


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