From the Author
Sarabande is fiction. Pure fiction. I have to state this upfront as a number of people who read the book and who do not know me asked whether this is autobiographical. It isn't. None of the main characters exist in real life, though many could have existed. Sarajevo, however, exists and is once again beautiful and peaceful. When I arrived at Sarajevo Airport many years ago and drove down what once used to be Sniper Alley, the city was still scarred, there were bombed-out buildings, visible destruction. But the biggest scars I found were psychological scars. Everyone I met had suffered, had lost relatives or friends. And yet, sitting in the many Cafes, I found people friendly, open and immensely positive. I realised, I had to write about Sarajevo, about the war and the tragedy that happened in the middle of Europe.
In early 2008 I decided to add another chapter to the book, and called it "Preface". Please see below how Sarabande begins:
About the Author
Marcus Fedder was born in Hanover, Germany, and is a partner in a hedge fund. He previously worked for investment banks, the World Bank and the EBRD. He studied Politics, English and International Relations at the FU Berlin, LSE and Cambridge. Sarabande is his first novel. More will follow.