Goodbye Heiko, Goodbye Berlin
A City Divided Then Reunited After Fall Of Infamous Berlin Wall
Lebwohl Heiko, Lebwohl Berlin
Cold War Berlin As Never Before Portrayed in Contemporary Fiction
Through much of the 1980's & 1990's, I got to know the city of Berlin inside out, as a journalist covering the music and film scene for trade publications including Variety and Billboard. And an annual stint as contributor to the Berlin International Film Festival daily magazine.
What struck me almost immediately was that a city so ravaged by tensions and division still boasted all of the underground alternative cultures, scenes and venues usually associated with world capitols such as my native New York. Amazingly to some extent it was mirrored in the repressive East despite diligence of the Secret Police and network of citizen informers.
Soon I discovered thriving gay scenes: a growing, diversified group of men and women who defied Cold War tensions to put their own unique spin on life on both sides of the infamous wall. Inspired by what I saw, and fusing fact and fiction, my compelling new novel was born.
‘Goodbye Heiko, Goodbye Berlin’ is a moving if unconventional tale of unrequited gay love and transgender reinvention. “Gay” and “Cold War” are rarely used in the same sentence. But, as readers of the novel will soon discover, they can co-exist.