A Small Death in Berlin by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her standalone satirical literary historical fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1979 by Corgi under the title Just a Gigolo using the Rosemary Kingsland name, and is a loose novelization of the eponymous film starring the late rock star David Bowie and also featuring classic Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich. This is a darkly comedic novel about the effects of war which has been likened to Evelyn Waugh’s classic Sword of Honour trilogy. The story takes place in the aftermath of WWI, when a Prussian officer returning home to Berlin finds everything seemingly changed for the worse, and also that he has no prospects for employment besides the local brothel, and begins embarking on a surprising and increasingly strange lifestyle path.
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BASED ON THE MOVIE JUST A GIGOLO STARRING DAVID BOWIE AND MARLENE DIETRICH
Berlin between the wars…
A time of change, a time of upheaval.
Paul von Pryzgodski was a young Prussian man whose life had led him to expect heroism, but instead he found failure.
In the closing hours of the First World War, Paul is wounded, and he wakes up in a strange French hospital, with no recollection of how he got there, and no idea which side has won the war.
He staggers out of the hospital and jumps on a train to Berlin, only to find that everything has changed – and not for the better.
His father is comatose, and his beloved aristocratic mother has now been reduced to running a house for ‘working girls’.
Not only that but his childhood sweetheart, Cilly, has also lost her innocence, and is no longer the girl he used to know.
Desolate and alone, Paul struggles to find a place for himself back home, and after a string of failed jobs, he finds himself embarking on an unusual career path.
In a whirlwind of champagne, glitz, glamorous women and sordid affairs, Paul discovers a side to himself that he never knew existed …
A Small Death in Berlin was originally published as Just a Gigolo and is based on the film of the same name.