In COLD, Rick Schmidt tells the story of Captain Ewald Loeffler’s escape from a Siberian prison camp in 1918 and his two-year journey home, walking thousands of kilometers from northern Siberia to his family home in Stuttgart, Germany.
Rick dedicates the book to his father “who survived his own 5000 km Siberian walk home” after escaping a Siberian prison camp near the end of World War 1. Yet, in his authors note, Rick writes, “All descriptions and representatives are wholly based on and created from the author’s own imagination.”
It is our great gift that Rick tells us the story of COLD through the eyes of a film maker. It’s an unforgettable story artfully written to capture and conjure symbolic cinematic imagery Rick is famous for. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. Rick takes us on a visual and spiritual journey powered by the heart ache of a shunned little boy desperate to return to his family home to see his mother and father once more. In my humble opinion, Cold is a masterpiece of contemporary American fiction, not to be overlooked.
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