FICTION

 

"The force that propels the human spirit on the clear way forward is the abstract spirit."

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)

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IF YOU SEE MAX

A novel

MS completed August 2020

The son of a Jewish émigré art collector, Max Zorin’s life revolves around his family, friends, social life and photography. Against a backdrop of Paris during Les Années Folles to Guernica into the Occupation and World War II, Max’s story unfolds as one timeline. With a new identity he is given an undercover role as a photographer. Sent out on assignments, he faces painful revelations that affect him more than he realises. A second timeline begins in Paris in December 1944, with two British intelligence officers gathering incriminating material against the Germans. One is struggling with memory lapses and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the turmoil of Berlin in 1945, Max faces his greatest test of all, as a photographer and a human being.

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In Paris, during the first year of the German occupation, vignettes of people’s lives are linked by themes of isolation, displacement and resistance. Rudi Stern, an art collector and Annette Malzien, a curator each take steps to protect their children and save paintings from the Nazi pillage. Meanwhile at the Jeu de Paume, a young German officer and art historian, Johann Schäfer, is immersed in the cataloguing of sequestered art. An Abwehr major investigating forged identity papers closes in on a student, while an ageing jeweller helps a desperate woman. Living under the eclipse of war, lists, removal and relocation of people and paintings become synonymous, even statues of old revolutionaries.

UNDER THE ECLIPSE

A novella

M. Research Creative Writing thesis Awarded 2022

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Sea Dreams is a collection of poetry prose I began writing not long after my arrival from the southeast England to live on a small acreage just outside Fort Macleod, southern Alberta, Canada in the summer of 2005.

​'Yet, there seemed to be a smell of salt in the night air and, as winter came upon me and the first snows fell, I saw shapes and lines as on sandy beaches ...

As the prairie grass blew and rippled in the Chinook wind I imagined this place when once it was ocean and wondered in awe at how small I was.'

 

SEA DREAMS for sale as an e-book at

Sunflower Atelier 

here

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