Fiona Rintoul is a Scottish writer, journalist and translator. Her first novel, Leipzig, is due out in October 2014 and is published by Aurora Metro Books.
“You stare at the photograph. It’s from this morning. Perhaps that’s why you had to wait so long in the cold room. You haven’t seen a photograph of yourself in a long time. You wonder if you recognise the girl in the photograph. Yes and no.”
The year is 1985. East Germany is in the grip of communism. Magda, a brilliant but disillusioned young linguist, is desperate to flee. When a black market deal brings her into contact with Robert, a Scottish research student at Leipzig University, she sees a way to deflect attention from her increasingly fraught escape plans. Robert falls in love with her and stumbles into a complex world of shifting half-truths – one that will undo them both. More than a decade later, Robert returns to post-communist Leipzig in search of answers. Can he track Magda down? And will the past give up its secrets?