A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS: A German Past For Better And For Worse
LBLA Digital, London, 2012
An Anglo-German grows up torn between British wartime heroes and kindly German relatives, resolving his conflict of loyalty only in the ruins of Dresden.
“This lucidly-written book bridges the gap between Britain and Germany with scrupulous analysis and humane sympathy. It is an elegantly concise view of Anglo-German history set in the realities of personal and family existence.” – Jim Reed, Emeritus Professor of German, University of Oxford.
“In this engaging book, Marcus Ferrar combines a personal memoir with a well-informed grasp of the history of both countries and their attitudes towards each other over the past century.” – Iain R. Smith, Emeritus Reader in History, University of Warwick.
“A moving, well-written read.” – Robert Stewart, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Readers’ comments: “… unputdownable … solid research and a very lucid presentation … a penetrating insight into what makes modern Germany tick … highly recommended … once you start this book, you will be unable to put it down.”
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SLOVENIA 1945: Memories of Death and Survival after World War II
by John Corsellis & Marcus Ferrar was chosen as Book of the Year in 2005 by John Bayley, critic and widower of Iris Murdoch, in the Times Literary Supplement.
First published by I.B. Tauris, London, 2005
Slovene version by Mladinska Knjiga, Ljubljana, 2006
Italian version by Libreria Editrice Goriziana, 2008
“It is right … that we too remember the tragedy which befell the Slovene people.”
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
"Presents us with a range of individuals as vividly seen and as sharply characterised as the multifarious inhabitants of War and Peace or A Dance to the Music of Time."
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The Budapest House is a true story of how a Briton of Hungarian Jewish origin solves a conflict over her identity by returning to Budapest to work and find her roots. She tracks the tormented history of her Hungarian Jewish ancestors, and lives in the house built by her dead grandfather, the Budapest House.
Eventually she comes to terms with her past. Not so most of the Hungarians with whom she lived for five years. Like many other East Europeans, they remain trapped in the minds by the disasters of WWII, the Holocaust, Communism and the traumatic transition to market economy.
The main character eventual rids herself of the influence of Her Budapest House. But Hungarians cannot rid themselves of their own Budapest House. They remain locked in internal struggles from the past, and are disorientated in modern Europe. read an extract
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it . . .
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