A story about conspiracy and revolution, love and hate, and the strong power of friendship.
In 1980s communist Romania, three school graduates form an unusual friendship: young Attila, who’s in love with his 45-year-old teacher; Tiberius, son of high class secret police parents; and the gypsy Viorica, who is forced into a marriage arranged when she was four.
When a conspiracy scandal throws their life upside down, all three of them will have to choose their sides: for or against the cruel tyrant Ceausescu.
Silvia Hildebrandt was born in Romania, in the Puszta, to a German father and a Hungarian mother. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, she fled to Germany in 1990, when she was five years old. She studied German literature and history at the elite university of Tübingen and published a short academical text in an anthology about duchess Barbara Gonzaga of Württemberg. Her thesis examined the effeminate King Richard II. of England and Gender as a legitimization of kingship. After giving birth to her two daughters, she started writing her first novel “A Century Divided.”
Her second novel, “Dear Comrade Novak”, centers around the Romanian Revolution of 1989.