(From the publisher):
Amsterdam during November. In the “Ural,” a Russian pub on the Amstel River, people meet who have been driven through space and time by the history of the 20th century and whose histories here become stories. The ‘Ural” is a magical place where they find refuge and witness a new story, the story of Alon and Olga. “I had noticed that they were looking at each other, had felt their eyes meet. And since then, I have asked myself the question about love as if it still concerned me.” The old woman Tatyana, Russian exile, owner of the pub “Ural,” tells this story that takes place over the course of nine days in a langauge that seems to have come to us from the Russia of Dostoyevsky.
Love in a Time of Terror is a novel about love and about a longing that knows no end. It is a spy novel, a thriller, about Islamic as well as Jewish fundamentalism, and about the war that Israeli fanatics and Arab extremists fight over a psycho-weapon. Though seemingly made for eternity, the enmity between the two political systems loses its relevance for Alon and Olga, the lovers from the two opposing camps, when they cautionsly begin to spell out the world anew and so perhaps begin to find the “missing letter” of the alphabet, the letter capable of transforming “oppression and hatred into freedom and love.”
Original title: Ich weiß, daß du weißt
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction