Translated by Imogen Taylor
A gripping novel based on the life of the 19th-century revolutionary Emma Herwegh
As the daughter of a well-regarded family, Emma Siegmund causes a scandal by marrying the revolutionary poet Georg Herwegh. Committed to the socialist cause, she becomes the only woman to join the armed troops that bring the revolution from France to Germany in 1848. But when Georg falls madly in love with Natalie, the wife of his comrade Alexander Herzen, Emma finds her ideals challenged, setting off a private battle of fidelity and betrayal.
In this compelling, intimate novel, Dirk Kurbjuweit tells the story of a woman who does not bow to the prejudices of her time. In doing so, he shows us just how relevant her struggles are to contemporary life—in her contradictions, her ambitions, and her quest for freedom and happiness.
‘A well-rounded historical novel.’
‘An enlightening, interesting novel…especially because of its topicality.’
‘Kurbjuweit’s novel is gripping, almost gossipy at times…A romantic drama in multiple acts.’
‘Emma Herwegh will stay with the reader long after the book is closed.’
‘Emma is an interesting woman, one who did not bow to the ideals of her time and class, and who was determined to do what was important and right…I enjoyed the book, and learned something, which is always a fine thing.’