The Leipzig Affair
By Fiona Rintoul
Published by Aurora Metro Press
East Germany 1985. Magda, a brilliant but disillusioned linguist, is desperate to flee to the West. When a black market deal brings her into contact with Robert, studying at Leipzig University, she sees a way out. As Robert becomes infatuated with Magda, a complex world unfolds that will undo them both.
Fiona Rintoul is a writer, journalist and translator. While studying German at St Andrews University in the 1980s, she was an exchange student at the Karl-Marx-University, Leipzig. Her experience of living and studying behind the Iron Curtain was the start of a lifelong interest in the former East Germany.
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