Age of Storms,
Making of a European
Published on 30 November 2018 by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd, 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London W14 5LQ. ISBN: 9781528913874, E-Book ISBN: 9781528913881, 260 pages, in Paperback and E-book editions, Available on: Amazon Books, Age of Storms, Peter Kysel.
Synopsis: “Age of Storms” is an autobiography of a boy growing up in a communist country. The book covers half a century from 1918, the year when the author’s father was born and when Czechoslovakia became independent.
The book records how the lives of individuals were moulded by historical events in Europe, from the creation of democratic Czechoslovakia, through appeasement of the Nazis, and the German occupation of Europe during WW2, the Prague uprising and its self-liberation in May 1945. It covers a brief period of freedom after the war, which ended with a communist coup d’etat in 1948 and illustrates life in a socialist country, concluding with its occupation by the Warsaw Pact armies in August 1968.
Age of Storms chronicles two generations of people from modest background prospering in democracy, suffering under the Nazis and being victimised by the Communists. In socialist Czechoslovakia persecution was automatically applied across generations. Peter had no alternative but to escape. He was forced to leave behind everyone he loved and everything he knew, to start a life in the new country.