Ghosts Like Us

Synopsis

Published for the first time in November 2015.
3 eras, 3 women: linked by Berlin, performance art, and a poem
In the 1890s young poet Erika Kieler attends the most progressive artistic salon in Berlin to perform her poem inspired by a visitor from the capital of the Ottoman Empire.
In 1989, just before the Wall comes down, punk artist Trudi Zahn performs her own version of the same poem in an East Berlin club.
And in 2009 Lottie Hoffmann prepares to perform Trudi’s work at a cabaret for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The story explores the drive for women’s authentic creativity and personal freedom, cross-cultural exchange, interpretations of history, artistic influence, and a universe in which ghosts appear.

In This Novel

More about the story: In the 1890s, not knowing it will be her last night alive, a young poet Erika Kieler attends the most progressive artistic salon in Berlin, where she performs her poem inspired by a visitor from the capital of the Ottoman Empire, who espouses a progressive vision of internationalism. In 1989, just before the Wall comes down, a punk artist Trudi Zahn performs her own version of the same poem in an East Berlin club and dies that night. And in 2009 an Australian, Lottie Hoffmann, is preparing to perform a tribute to Trudi at a cabaret for the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Erika and Trudi are present in Lottie’s time as ghosts, whose bond has deepened as they travelled through time and many dimensions together. They cause Lottie to connect with Emina, a young German-Turkish researcher, in order to ensure that Lottie will discover Erika’s poem and re-present its vision to the world.

Published

Published  in a beautifully designed paper edition by Local Time Publishing.

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ISBN

Local Time Publishing edition ISBN 978-1-329-40060-3

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