Mephisto Walz

August 3rd, 2011 // 2 Comments

Mephisto Walz Gisela Zebroski
Mephisto Walz

In her second book related to World War II, the novel author Gisela Zebroski writes again about how good and evil strike a balance. From scenes behind German lines, to the war’s blackening aftermath, to the bright streets of Hollywood, the novel traces real-life experiences of the German refugees who eventually landed in America. The story  tells of how it came about and the adjustments that had to be made. The power of love and passion and human ingenuity when pinned against the wall shines through every page. Survivors don’t give up because winners can’t lose.

Olga von Schenck, a spiritual medium and pianist, has been evacuated from Latvia to German-occupied Poland. She is accustomed to make do for her selfish husband’s sake. During WWII he becomes a Prisoner of War in the United States. The fact that he isn’t around anymore, it allows her to expand her talents as pianist and medium. While playing the piano in a bar to earn money for her and her child she meets Ingo Kroll, a wounded German officer, embittered by war. When she plays “The Mephisto Waltz” for Ingo, he softens and soon they fall passionately in love—but Ingo must return to the Russian front. Survival depends on her sharp wit, her talent as a pianist and her secret struggle over the supernatural. Olga, a very strong woman, has the gift of automatic writing and hears her deceased father’s voice that guides her through the crises of her personal life. She summons her guardian angel to protect Ingo and to guide her to safety as she escapes the Soviet invasion of Poland, the bombing of Dresden, the fall of Berlin and subsequent Soviet terror.

She’s obliged to return to her husband and endure his sarcasm to save her child from starvation. She charms her American friend into promoting her and her husband to a concert tour in New York where they become celebrated pianists. In the meantime the love of her life survives the bloody battles at the Russian Front and the hardships of his captivity as a Prisoner of War.

Can she find Ingo and recover their undying passionate love?

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