Piano instructor Rose Wieland has tried to leave her involvement with Austria’s controversial activists in her past. It’s particularly troubling when Klaus, her eleven-year-old student dying of tuberculosis, sends her a letter begging her to help find a man from her past—the holy man called Salamander.
With little time to spare, she begins her dangerous journey into a world of political radicals who chip away at her conservative naivety. A surly dragoon's tough exterior hides a surprising sophistication and anxiety, a boy's grave doubles as the grave of a grown man, and a tenacious Gestapo officer searches for a spiritual awakening for the Third Reich.
Salamander and the Unscarred Mind weaves its characters through decades of history in Austria, Germany, and Serbia, and culminates in the revelation of its titular character’s own dark secrets.
Salamander and the Unscarred Mind is currently in search of its publisher, a publisher that prints full color illustrations and values a compelling drama in this historical context.