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Afghanistan

About the futility of war 

The adventures of a German female soldier in Afghanistan are the focus of the story. 

Afghanistan, a country of opposites, at war for decades without peace. The helplessness of the German armed forces, which ultimately only implements political decisions, but quickly realizes that the liberated people did not want to be liberated and cannot and do not want anything to do with Western-style democracy. In the end, what remains are destroyed ideals, a broken health and illusions of a better world that cannot exist because it is not wanted.

 

Afghanistan is set in the mountains of the Hindu Kush, in a German armed force military camp. It is about the ephemeral friendships, about the troubled relationship with the Americans, about enemy encounters and offers of peace.  About dead mercenaries and tattered peacemakers who have all gathered in the country to wage war and ultimately lose it. The young soldier's story is about the madness called war - of a non-commissioned officer who goes treasure hunting and slowly loses his mind. Death is like the friendly neighbor who goes his way between faith and money. In the end, everyone is left as a loser. Even at home that has long ceased to be one. 

From February 1, 2021, in our shop as an e-book.

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JUMPING OVER THE RAINBOW by Ronnie Van der Merwe

After IOL South Africa wrote about this excellent book, we didn't want to wait to ask the author for his own presentation.

The book is a prime example of modern South African literature, which is otherwise entirely unknown worldwide. 

Van der Merwe describes the life of homosexuality in an almost loving way.

Thirty years after the end of Apartheid he leaves a figurehead for the path of the following South African literature, which finally says goodbye to the ghosts of the past and sets off into a time that critically deals with modernity. It describes the path of real South African art.

Our recommendation: buy and enjoy reading. Here the link to the book

 

Jumping over the rainbow ....

By Ronnie van der Merwe

My book titled: JUMPING OVER THE RAINBOW by Ronnie Van der Merwe is my debut book.

It was released this year March 2020 and I have self- published it. I will describe it as; short, compact and interesting. Holding a book in my hand written by myself has always been a long-time dream of mine. Dreams were made to be realized and I decided to go ahead and do just. My motto in life is: We create our own experiences. I wanted to be an author, so I created that reality.

On the back cover of my book I wrote: A rainbow is synonymous with bravery, brightness, brilliance and vibrancy. In the bible it is a symbol of God’s faithfulness and mercy. My short memoir of only 41 pages is about my journey to self- acceptance and freedom. In my short memoir I write about how I had to go on an overseas trip to get the courage to accept myself and become comfortable in my own skin. However, this was not done deliberately.

I hid my sexual preferences before I went to Europe. In my book I talk about my homosexuality. My new surroundings abroad and my foreign encounters provided me with no choice but to change. This occurred very subtle. My au-pair experience was not always easy but in the end it paid off. It made my shell to crack open. I went to Europe as a very naïve and inexperienced young, black (in the closet) African man. I believed by going on this trip I jumped into the deep end of the pool and had to learn to swim very quickly. My book details all my experiences abroad and shows my vulnerabilities.

I decided to title my memoir- JUMPING OVER THE RAINBOW because I wanted readers of my book to see my desperation to get my freedom. I told my book cover designer that I wanted a vintage suitcase on a platform. The suitcase symbolises my love for travelling. I also wanted a rainbow in the colours of the gay flag which shows how proud I am of my sexual orientation. My book is about my life living in a foreign country and the challenges I faced. In it, I also write about the bad and the good times. I also speak about the beautiful friendships I formed.  I wrote this book mostly to make everybody who is different, like myself, realize that they are not alone in this world. I wanted my readers to see that adversities can be overcome and that we all have a place in this world irrespective of our differences. But, I also wanted to make them aware that there is not always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

In my memoir I talk about the few hardships I experienced with my host family. These challenges assisted me in becoming a stronger person. I want the readers of my book to see the importance of going out into the world and experiencing new things. I hope that my book will show my reader that ignorance can have a negative impact on your life. I believe that if I had been exposed to more opportunities   prior to my trip to Europe I might have had a different experience. In my book I do not try to point my host family as cruel, evil or cold because they were not. I just give an honest account of what I felt and how things seemed. I am just trying to showcase in my memoir that as humans we are different and that we all have our shortcomings.

Since it was released my book have mostly been criticised for being too short. People say it is so well written and interesting and that they don’t want it to end so soon.  However, I have also had people who welcomed the short book. These people said it is perfect for them since they want to read but don’t always get the time due to their busy work schedules. They therefore welcomed the quick, interesting read.  

This is my first book, and I was just testing the water. However, I also wanted the readers of my book to see my talent and make them look forward to my next lengthier, thicker and exhilarating and adventurous books.

 

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JUMPING OVER THE RAINBOW by Ronnie Van der Merwe is available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book at $7.99. It is also available on Smashwords  and Goodreads. The book is also sold at Walmart. It retails for R120.00 on Loot.co.za online in South Africa. It is also available at bookshops like Protea bookshop for R150.00. Book site Africa in Cape Town, the largest book warehousing  and distribution facility to the South African book trade also have stock. Books can be ordered from Book site Africa via your local bookshop. The ISBN is 978-0-620-87091-7

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The Rosebeds of the Hangman's Wife of Pyongyang

Early December 2010

A Swiss with U.S. roots called Williams, an employee of an international aid organisation was presented in the course of the smouldering new Korean crisis to the executioner. However, there is more behind the story: Pyongyang still gambles, as usually, pokers, for more aid shipments threatens with the further aggressive escalation in the uncontrollable conflict.

While the international government delegations are agreeing on a renewed concession to prevent the conflagration of war, the tortured and starving man is answering questions in the form of strange self-critics to his executioner. This context leads to the ex-wife of the chief- executioner of Pyongyang. The all-powerful state security in Pyongyang accuses the former wife that in the garden of the cottage where she lives red roses are growing as a cross. Suddenly it becomes clear that the fates of those present, who had been interwoven, with each other, for the past decades. This is reason enough to pick up the woman to hand as well as the executioner. The daughters have placed in a "reeducation facility".

Furthermore, Williams speaks on the gallows about his emotions in a few months in North Korea. The officers of the executioner are so horrified, that they hang the man, although the North-Korean government had already pardoned him. They execute him in a barbaric act because they do not or cannot believe the impressions and the in-depth inside knowledge of the so-called "American" about their own incredibly bad shape situated country...

 

eBook with buecher.de for 1.99 Euro in 2019 edition ISBN:9788829547760

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The Dream of the Circle of Life: Antarctica, 2108 (11. edition as an eBook)

Easter Special

 

Now as well as a paperback for only 18.40 US$ with bookshop.org

The Dream of the Circle of Life: Antarctica, 2108  (11. edition as eBook)

The old question is the answer here: In May 2408 Port Saint Pieter, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.

A 402 years old woman is looking back on her life and the revolutionary experience of humanity. Everything starts in 2108 as the Territorials govern the Tuba Islands.

Humanity fears the near-Earth satellites, the Exodus tuber, the acoustics and the downfall of the torn civilization. So, the old lady travels through time and space.

After the great plague of the "Dublin Vega" virus, the human society collapses.  Environmental wars and social unrest break out worldwide. The Earth is a global refugee camp. Dictatorships promise simple solutions.   Pharmaceuticals are now only available to the rich. The supposedly wealthy live on a ship that floats across the oceans. There seems to be no way out. The ice of Antarctica is melting, revealing one of Earth's greatest mysteries.

Outstanding science fiction and a utopian-dystopian novel to read.

Only with us, as an eBook for 3.99 euro to buy in our shop.

Pre-orders are welcome to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

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