Dear Comrade Novak, by Silvia Hildebrandt

There is no such thing as a private life in the Socialist Republic of Romania. There is no such thing as a homosexual. No such thing as love. Not a single case of AIDS. Those corrupt western ideas simply don’t exist.

In 1980’s communist Romania, three school graduates form an unusual friendship: Attila, who’s in love with his teacher; Tiberius, son of secret-police parents, and Viorica, who will be forced into a marriage arranged when she was four. In the years leading up to the tyrant Ceaușescu’s downfall, conspiracy and revolution challenge the bonds of friendship and love to their breaking point.

Published in Germany (2020) as Die Stadt der Freiheit by Plattini-Verlag.

September 2020