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The Cruel Romance

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October 1941. A small village outside Moscow. Serafima bids farewell to Vitya, a Soviet officer going to the front. With only moments left together, she places a cross around her beloved's neck and reluctantly releases him into a cruel world where nothing is certain, especially whether she will ever see him again.

Days later Germans invade her village and take over her tiny house. Serafima and her mother must comply with orders, endure abuse, and stay put or their village will be annihilated.

As World War II intertwines Serafima's and Vitya's life with that of a young German violinist and a Russian intellectual, their destinies are irrevocably altered. Can they rise to the challenge of agonizing moral choices and learn to forgive and love again?

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Marina Osipova

Marina Osipova was born in East Germany into a military family and grew up in Russia where she graduated from the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives. She also has a diploma as a German language translator from the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. In Russia, she worked first in a scientific-technical institute as a translator then in a Government Ministry in the office of international relations, later for some Austrian firms. For the last seventeen years, she lived in the United States where she took a college course to become a legal assistant and worked in a law firm. Now, she splits her time between Russia and Austria.

She has one published novel, The Cruel Romance, which won numerous contest awards and an article in the Staten Island Advance newspaper related to the 10th anniversary of September 11. Her two other novels, though each award-winning, sit peacefully somewhere in her old computer.

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