Gustave’s Crazy Truth

Author: Daniela Magliocchetti
An intriguing love story between a German man and a Jewish woman during World War II

About the book

Gustave was a student of archaeology in Rome and an officer in the German army during the Second World War. Now, after so many years, he is just an old man who seems to have lost his dignity and his memory. Dr. Carpenti, the geriatrician at the Villa delle Querce nursing home where Gustave is staying, has grown fond of him and his eccentricity. He would like to help Gustave free himself from the demons that torment him, but he does not know how to do so.
Gustave’s anger and pain come from a dark and unclear past, so he can do nothing to expiate his sins but go back to 1938 in Berlin, and
remember his tormented romance with the beautiful Edith, whose only fault was that she was Jewish, and relive the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazi regime. The absurd and puzzling truth that never ceases to devour his soul slowly emerges. Will he be able to get rid of the regret for what he has done, and for the love he could have had?

Gustave’s Crazy Truth is an intriguing love story between a German man and a Jewish woman during World War II. The events take place in Berlin, Rome, and the mysterious area where the Nemi Ships were found. The reader is magnificently overwhelmed by continuous shifts from a troubled present to a happy past. Spectacular visions of the Vittoriano with Isis, Diana and Caligula, ships sending out dark warnings in every possible way, the mysterious death of Pope Pius XI and an unspeakable tragedy make the reader’s heart quiver. Because of her innovative writing method, which artfully mixes the present and the past, history and fantasy, the author proves to be particularly talented in transmitting positive energy and helping readers overcome the challenges of life with endless creative love.

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About the author

Daniela Magliocchetti was born and raised in Castel Gandolfo. She moved to Rome for a while, then to Lanuvio (Rm) for a decade. She currently lives in Rome. She graduated in Literature with distinction from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
She made her debut as a writer in 2007 with La Metamorfosi Interiore, followed by L’ultimo addio all’isola in 2011 (Aletti Editore.)
She published Il mistero della contessa Dorotea with Albatros Group in December 2020, gaining success with glowing reviews and articles. Over the years, she has been praised both in person at book presentations, and online. She has also presented her works at the Turin and Rome Book Fairs.

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