All for Love by Dan Jacobson

By Dan Jacobson

She was once a princess, daughter of maybe the main hated king in Europe. He was once only a lowly hussar. Their love affair in turn-of-the-century Vienna was once to scandalize a continent. the tale of Princess Louise of Belgium and Géza Mattachich, stepson of a minor Croatian count number, started without greater than an exchanged look in a park. but the princess and her soldier, divided via wealth and standing, pursued their devotion to each other via scandal, damage, insanity and imprisonment. Dan Jacobson's tremendous imagining of this forgotten episode of the Hapsburg courtroom brings to lifestyles one of many century's nice love tales.

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He snatched it up and Kohl heard an angry voice in the earpiece. Klaus turned to glare at Kohl. ‘There are several suspicious people in the streets around the apartment block,’ he said. ‘My comrade is convinced they are plain-clothes police. ’ Kohl stared at the man without replying. ‘I told them we should never have trusted you,’ said Klaus. ‘How do we know you won’t betray us? ’ Kohl could feel the weight of his pistol in his jacket pocket and had to restrain himself. They were interrupted by the sound of a key in the door.

The violent red swirls of the carpet on the floor were designed more to hide the dirt than please the eye. The room smelled of furniture polish and stale sweat and tobacco. Mielke had sat at that desk since 1957 and there was now an indelible hair-oil stain on the wood panel where he sometimes leaned back to rest his head. He smiled and held up a hand, but his eyes were devoid of sparkle. Frau Grau had never looked at his face long enough to notice but she had seen photographs. Officially approved photographs.

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