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The Black Eagle Inn (The Three Nations Trilogy Book 3) by [Fischer, Christoph]
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About the Author

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. He now lives in the UK.

The Luck of the Weissensteiners

In the sleepy town of Bratislava in 1933 the daughter of a Jewish weaver falls for a bookseller from Berlin. Greta Weissensteiner seemingly settles in with her in-laws but the developments in Germany start to make waves in Europe and re-draw the visible and invisible borders. The political climate of the disintegrating Czechoslovakian state and personal conflicts make relations between the couple and the families more complex. The story follows them through the war with its predictable and its unexpected turns and events and the equally hard times after. What makes this book so extraordinary is the chance to consider the many different people who were never in concentration camps, never in the military, yet who nonetheless had their own indelible Holocaust experiences. This is a wide-ranging, historically accurate exploration of the connections between social status, personal integrity and, as the title says, luck. Amazon: Goodreads: Facebook:


Sebastian is the story of a young man who has his leg amputated before World War I. When his father is drafted to the war it falls on to him to run the family grocery store in Vienna, to grow into his responsibilities, bear loss and uncertainty and hopefully find love. Sebastian, his extended family and the store employees experience the ‘golden days’ of pre-war Vienna, the times of the war and the end of the Monarchy while trying to make a living and to preserve what they hold dear. Fischer convincingly describes life in Vienna during the war, how it affected the people in an otherwise safe and prosperous location, the beginning of the end for the Monarchy, the arrival of modern thoughts and trends, the Viennese class system and the end of an era. Amazon: Goodreads: Facebook:

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  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FSBW2L6
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By KTK on October 22, 2013
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Ah. The Black Eagle Inn really is the most beautiful book I've read in a long time. The third of The Three Nations Trilogy (and I can highly recommend the other two in the series, The Luck of the Weissensteiners and Sebstian) it is written just as engagingly, with wonderful characters, fabulous story, and a unique perspective.

The Black Eagle Inn is set in Bavaria, at the end of World War II, and deals with a country that has been brought to its knees. How refreshing to read a different take on it all! And how well done the theme of redemption throughout the country and its citizens as a new way of being has to come into play for both country and populace to move on.

Christoph Fischer is an excellent writer, and he chose to tell this marvellous story through the medium of a family saga (and boy, is he good at that). So we are introduced to the matriarch, Anna, and her relations, and her wealth - the inn itself, together with restaurant and large farm.

Money, family, religion, politics, sexuality, forbidden love, scheming, plotting, hate and scandals engulf Anna, and all of these are mirrored in what is happening within the country too, a very clever thing to do for those readers (myself included) who wouldn't previously have known what life was like in Germany at the time.

But it is not heavy-going, quite the opposite, as you are caught up in what is happening to the family - the book is quite the page-turner.

And the redemption that I mentioned at the start of the review, of which the author has written so eloquently? Well, if you are willing to change, things will change around you and you can embrace those new things; if you don't, you are sure to be left behind. And I don't think there's much more you can say to make a case for humanity than that.

An excellent read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Usually I am not a fan of family sagas, but over the last few months I had my attention drawn to Christoph Fischer's 'The Three Nations Trilogy' and had seen a number of very complimentary reviews.

So being the perverse individual that I am, I decided to start with the last book in the series, 'The Black Eagle Inn', which is set against the backdrop of twentieth century Germany.

Fischer paints a picture of a wounded country, its people dealing with collective shame and guilt while trying to come to terms with a changing world. Bavaria, where most of the action takes place, is portrayed as a retrograde backwater, where traditions and old prejudices run deep.

The Hinterberger family are an obsessive bunch. The matriarch, Anna, is determined to keep control of the family lands and the Black Eagle Inn, at whatever cost to her personal relationships. Her brother, Hans-Ulrich, cannot see beyond the short-sightedness of his own religious bigotry, which drives away and alienates his children. The feuding and squabbling of the Hinterberger clan continues over decades, while their dreams die around them, and the world moves on regardless. They continue to shampoo the family rug while others progressively pull it out from underneath them.

There are fascinating vignettes of family power, almost all of which lead to disillusionment and corruption. There is little love in this family, although Maria - the youngest of Hans-Ulrich's daughters - does manage to balance a degree of personal happiness with career success.

I enjoyed Christoph Fischer's clinical narrative. His writing has a degree of alienation about it, and he pins his characters mercilessly to the wall like so many butterflies in an unusual collection.
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Fischer has such a talent at portraying family dynamics. Having read all three of his books niw, I consider myself a fan.

The Black Eagle Inn, again portraying Germany's histroy, deals with the trials and tribulations of a country family who own a farm and inn. What is different about this book us that Fischer approaches the issues of foreigners in Germany post World War II and the acceptance of homosexuality in Germany.

As usual, Fischer approaches these subjects with poise and class.
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In this last book of the trilogy, we are given a micro view of what it means to live in a nation decimated by a war waged and lost against the rest of the world. The Hinterberger's are a proud family living in Heimkirchen, Germany, farming land that has been in the family for a while and running the local inn, The Black Eagle. All the problems that can beset a country in turmoil are seen in this family.

Desperate to own the family properties, Anna drives her brother off. When her father dies, Anna inherits everything and becomes the family matriarch. With her husband off at war, Anna runs everything to suit herself. Unable to have children of her own, she takes in young family members and raises them. She has taken in the propaganda and is a strict xenophobic. She refuses to hire anyone not from her own part of Germany. Religious differences cause strife within the extended family. Relative is pitted against relative in the belief that one or the other will inherit this or that portion of the Hinterberger properties.

Underhanded dealings provide luxury items for the restaurant at a time when they could not otherwise be afforded, and the family prospers. Much like the country at large, the various members of the family are doing what they must to survive and ensure they receive what they believe they are due for their efforts. Underhanded dealings, trickery, poison, creating false documents are all part and parcel of trying to rebuild and survive in the aftermath of a war that leaves many Germans ashamed.

The struggles of trying to survive in a country attempting to rebuild itself and regain respectability as the horrors of its leaders is made public is both heartrending and poignant. Families are torn apart and brought back together.
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