Eugenia Corais—known as Jenny—is a brilliant intellectual who aspires to transform her Columbia University activism into a media crusade. After she crosses paths with Dietrich Neuendorf, a charismatic, unyielding German human rights attorney haunted by his secret family past, they quickly fall in love.
Meanwhile, eight thousand miles away, in Southern Africa, Rhodesian white settlers break away from the British Commonwealth and are surrounded by hostile Africans demanding immediate independence. The UN imposes an embargo on the former colony, while the hardline Rhodesian regime declares a state of emergency. As violence in the country intensifies, Dietrich is offered a job there to investigate sanctions busting and human rights violations. A few weeks later, Jenny flies to Africa to join him and together they begin a dangerous journey, in a tumultuous country on the brink of war.
When Jenny meets an armaments contractor, an unscrupulous man of immense power and oppressive colonial military background, she will encounter a shadow government operating behind the mainstream political smokescreen. She will also discover a dark side she never knew existed – her own.
Jenny’s personal saga unfolds on a historical canvas that spans from cabaret Berlin and wartime Europe to the American Civil Rights era, the anti-Vietnam War protests, and the explosive final days of colonial Africa. EUGENIA: Destiny and Choice charts a quest for human awareness and social conscience in a political dystopia. The epic narrative follows three compelling characters tested by love and promiscuity, moral conflicts and momentous circumstances.
From Greece to Australia and Zimbabwe, and from New York City to Berlin and London, Geórgeos Constantin Awgerinøs has dedicated twenty five years, researching, trekking, interviewing and authoring his debut novel, “Eugenia: Destiny and Choice.”
“Eugenia” is a drama, where tale blends with history and controversial characters are confronted by their own dark side. The book explores the abyss of the human psyche and sexuality, and questions where the thin line lies between predetermination and personal choice.
“Eugenia” relays the turbulent love story between Eugenia Corais, an activist at Columbia University, and Dietrich Neuendorf, a handsome and unyielding German civil rights attorney haunted by his family’s past. The narrative touches on the 1960s social landscape, the obscure role of the South African military industrial complex and the final days of colonial rule in southern Africa. As the story unfolds, the reader makes a parallel journey back to the cabaret era of the 1920s, wartime Berlin and Nazi occupied Greece.
“Eugenia” is an old-time fervent love story, an action-oriented political thriller, a journey within, a cultural panorama and a historical epic that articulates a modern view of the world’s affairs. It delivers strong messages to the citizens of the world about awareness and social conscience.
The 1960s in America. The Columbia University campus politics. The 1968 protests.
The 1920s in Germany: Sociopolitical chaos and Berlin’s decadent nightlife.
Berlin the Lust City: Cabaret and the red lights, the Bauhaus Arts, café society, vintage fashion, the LGBTQ scene.
Wartime Berlin, the Bonhöffer Brothers and the underground resistance movement during the Nazi Era. The Nazi occupation of Greece.
Discrimination against gays in New York during the Sixties.
Safaris and wild animal hunting in Africa.
The assassination of H.F. Verwoerd, one of the most obscure political assassinations of the 20th Century. Apartheid and the South African military industrial complex. An unelected elite, the ruler behind the political scene.
Rhodesia: a turbulent break-away British outpost in Southern Africa, its explosive racial landscape and the last days of colonial Africa.
References: The Unit731 in Pingfang and the Japanese occupation in China. NOW (National Organization for Women) and SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). Bishop Lamont and his missionary activity in Rhodesia.
President Kennedy in his inaugural speech, back in 1961, uttered the famous challenge, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.’ To this I have a rebuttal: I should not only ask myself what I can do for my country, but what my country can do for me as well. Responsibility must be shared, and commitment goes both ways. Unconditional allegiance is for serfs only! Dear friends, learn how to be free citizens of the world, not subjects of the state!
… presidents, prime ministers, even absolute rulers are the stage protagonists in the theater called politics; they are neither the writers, nor the producers of the show….
Oversized pedestals, miniscule worshippers.
Radicalism only changes the face of tyranny....
Your insistence on calling them ‘boys’ will cost you this country one day.
Analysis is a thinking process and our thinking is based on our past. What we perceive as truth is “our” truth, not the Truth. Intellectualism is not spirit. It is processed food for the mind.
When you build too many partitions, you control the area from above.
The enemy is not on the other side of the trenches; He safely hides in a boardroom.
He is the greatest goalkeeper the world has ever seen. Maier and his super- team, Bayern München, inspire me to be victorious, even in defeat.
When I witness injustice and I remain silent, I’m not only a coward, I’m guilty.
I look big, because the mirror I look into is small.
In my opinion, the line between hero and criminal is blurry.
...The Martin Luther Kings and Malcolm Xs have historically shared the same fate. So did Lumumba.
Above every ruler there is a boardroom.
Lust may last for a night, but this night may last for a Lifetime.
Sometimes it is better to throw the Pandora’s Box out of the window than be tempted to open it. Never forget: the sweeter the dream, the harsher the awakening...”
Consciousness is cold and boring, but in the daydream you can be anything you imagine yourself to be.
Trying to understand people is like interpreting dreams.
She was a gifted violinist and a flapper in the 1920s, a Wehrmacht officer's wife in the 1930s, a rescuer of Jews in the 1940s.
By day he stipulated ironclad racial laws; by night he violated them in the "sin" district...
Georgeos Constantin Awgerinøs was an early writer. He wrote his first short novel when he was ten and during his teens he kept writing passionately short stories, theatrical plays and essays. Two of them were “Deus et Natura ordo mathematico demonstrati “(he gave a Latin title meaning: God and Nature proved with mathematical order), “Ellipsoid Evolution” and “Middle Ages.” His parents dreamed to see him cardiac surgeon or economist but he was aspired to become a theatrical playwright or a film director. Finally at eighteen he burnt all of his writings and he went to School of Economics at Athens University to complete a degree on Financial Economics promising to himself never to write literature again.
In 1986 he resigned a week before his promotion, leaving a promising corporate finance career, his familiar and comfortable social life and his country behind to travel around the world, moving around places, associating with bohemians, artists and unconventional lifestyles. He broke his promise not to write again on December 25, 1987, when he wrote the first draft of this novel. He was residing in Brisbane, Australia at that time.
Geórgeos decided to write in English, which was not his first language, a challenge that as he claims today, he vastly underestimated. As he continued developing the narrative and the characters, he confronted a difficult realization: the story needed detailed information most of which was highly controversial and the interviewees from all camps of the topic, provided contradictive accounts of the era and the events which described in the story. In 1992 Geórgeos travelled to Southern Africa to have a more direct exposure of the places, the locals and the political scene he portrays in his novel. He had to travel to London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Washington D.C. and elsewhere in order to attain his information and spent two continuous months at the Columbia University Library to collect the details he is referring to.
He settled in NYC in 1995 and worked as stockbroker and options trader for seventeen years before he completed his novel. Geórgeos admits that EUGENIA was more than just a novel; it is a lifelong journey, with endless rewritings and tedious editing, a self-growth adventure, an intense, quite unbearable relationship with himself, a thesis on life, society and human nature but also a valuable contribution to the inclusive world many of us, cosmic citizens, try to build.
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My gratitude and appreciation (in alphabetical order)
to Elaine “VALERIAN” Barrick and her Victorian Gothic Jewelry Company the “Art of Adornment”
for her kind offer of the “flapper photo”.
to Alex E. Proimos for The Columbia University’s Alma Mater photo.
to Frau Jo H.T. Yardley and the 1920s Berlin Project for the Berlin pictorials.
to Tony and Polly Ward for their vintage photos of Rhodesia’s “romantic era.”
I would like to acknowledge Wikimedia Commons, Budesarchiv, Flickr, and Wikipedia for the pictures of WWII “the destroyed Berlin 1945, Hitler’s Geburstag Parade, Berlin street during the Weimar Era.
A devastated street in the city centre just off the Unter den Linden, 3 July 1945
Berlin, Neujahrsempfang des diplomatischen Corps
Berlin, Parade zum 50. Geburtstag Hitlers
My acknowledgements to Transverse Alchemy site for the “girls in the Café, Weimar Berlin and the lady in suit.
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