Beginnings: Where A Life Begins - Tales of Survival and Revenge by Gary HeilbronnBeginnings: Where A Life Begins - Tales of Survival and Revenge by Gary Heilbronn

Beginnings: Where A Life Begins - Tales of Survival and Revenge

byGary Heilbronn

Paperback | December 6, 2014

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It is early 1939 and the end of the Spanish Civil War. Tragedy and an ancient cycle of murder and revenge stalk Maria's every step as she and her young family are drawn into the inescapable truths of their genetic background; and they both begin to understand how the ever-present events of the distant past still determine their destinies. As the young mother tries to rebuild a life for herself and her surviving child, another war, nazi occupation, collaboration and resistance followed by the injustices of liberation and divisive political forces in France and Spain cast a shadow over the decades that follow. These times see Anna, as a child, revisiting, or is it just imagining, moments in the past when her ancestors faced ‘life and death’ choices. With these experiences she develops clearer insights into her true nature as she matures into a young woman and rises to face treachery and violence. Meanwhile, Maria struggles with a world where the unfairness of evil’s victories over good and the arbitrariness of life and death evoke only confusion, uncertainty and an almost a loss of faith. She finally begins to find some peace as the scene is set for the coming of a terrible vengeance when the ancient and more recent cycles of murder and revenge come full circle, leaving Maria just another victim, and Anna, like her ancestors before her, with little choice as to her life and her future.

Australian author Gary Heilbronn now divides his time between Australia and France. He was born and raised in Brisbane and studied literature, politics and law followed by a career as a lawyer and law academic in Australia, Europe and Asia. From his student years he was interested in writing fiction but wrote more than a dozen academi...
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Title:Beginnings: Where A Life Begins - Tales of Survival and RevengeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.88 inPublished:December 6, 2014Publisher:HPEditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0987521292

ISBN - 13:9780987521293

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" ... a fast-paced work of historical fiction...""I found it to be a very easy read and I was fascinated by the stories of the distant and not so distant past and how they were interwoven with Maria's story throughout."" It is an intriguing and fateful road on which we follow Maria and Anna on their life journey in this exotic adventure." "Gary Heilbronn's erudite style makes for easy and gripping reading ..""A curious and challenging idea is explored in the context of a finely woven story." " .. a great and absorbing way to learn some fascinating history ""... an ambitious, multi-layered novel about the workings of genetic memory through many generations of women. The novel deserves a wide readership not only because of its original and audacious premise, but because each historical episode is vividly imagined, and the female characters, linked in ways they recognize but do not fully understand, are remarkable inventions in themselves.""..the book spans many generations of people living in the area and tells their tales in a way that educates without one being aware that this is what is happening." "The story is thoroughly engaging, at times graphic and at times tender and at times confronting. Very much worth the read."