|DRUMS WITHIN AN IVORY TOWER © KJS 2005
The place in Africa where I lived for 27 years as a "permanent resident" is called Harare, this is the capital of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is the main showground for my thriller "DRUMS WITHIN AN IVORY TOWER", published in German language as a book ("TROMMELN IM ELFENBEINTURM") and as an interactive project on Internet & on CD-Rom. It tells the ficticious story of two young women, one a disillusioned former communist from Germany, the other one a disowned daughter of a Tonga-chief in the Zambezi-Valley. Both met by chance in early 1980, shortly after independence in Salisbury, re-named Harare a couple of weeks later. In the wake of indepenence, both were clever enough to engineer for themselves a training as press-photographers in Europe. When they meet again, nine years later, both get sucked into an international conspiracy, spreading from Zimbabwe to Europe, to the Middle East and to Russia & China. The action limits itself to three months in 1989, the year when walls between ideological blocs tumbled down and the promise of the "Red Church" for liberation movements in Africa failed completely.
The story is also about the contradiction between different modes of communication, traditional drums of African origin on the one hand and digital signals of global computer-networks on the other.
If someone in your organisation is capable to read German, please visit: www.radiobridge.net/index2.html It would be possible to provide a password to access the complete novel on the web, including the mp3-download-facility of a professional audio-recording of all chapters.
There is an additional multimedia-approach to this project "ANCHOR & HOPE" the English Portal on Internet & CD-Rom to participate in the online-transformation of real events and of their protagonists into the plot of another fiction-thriller, check at: www.radiobridge.net/www/intro.html
ANCHOR & HOPE © KJS 2005
Exposé for another fiction-thriller on Internet
featuring Gertrud Steiner & Lainet Musora
protagonists of "Drums within an Ivory Tower"
Time: 180 days, 23 hrs, 54 mins, 19 secs to election of the 2012 host city of the Olympic Games
BACKGROUND OF THE PLOT:
Having survived the African adventures in 1989, Gertrud Steiner has settled as a lecturer for photographic studies at a college in her German home-town Bremen. Her friend and co-adventurer, Zimbabwean Lainet Musora, remained in her countrys capital Harare alas, without being able to work as a press photographer anymore. The tumble of domestic politics and economy in Zimbabwe, accelerating in the year 2000 two decades after independence combined with drastic actions by agents of Mugabes spin-doctors against the media, made it suicidal to continue in this field. Instead, Lainet and her brother Paul, a former ZBC-broadcaster, ventured into IT-business, setting up and maintaining websites as a networking tools for regional NGOs, thereby helping to empower civic society in Africa.
Both women had turned 25 when they had met in Zimbabwe in 1980, both at that time somehow clue-less with regard to their personal future, but finally tapping into funds of a development agency which allowed both of them to establish a professional career by studying press photography in Germany. Both had turned almost 35 when they met again on the mighty Zambezi-River for an excursion which was supposed to become a leisure trip but sucked them into a conspiracy whose international implications did cast shadows from Africa to Europe, further to the Middle East, to Russia and to China, and then back to Zimbabwe.
Both women are close to 50 now. They remained unmarried; however, Lainet had adopted Burombo, the little boy who had helped her to escape from the "Village of Doom" in the Zambezi-Valley, and Gertrud had been only too keen not to fail as a second step-mother of this foster-child ... (in Shona "Burombo" means: "child born in poverty")
Introduction to the story is in German as well, and this is the background for marketing of the idea:
an opportunity to practice English with fun
a chance to explore the abyss of world-history
join the WEB THRILL-CLUB as owner of the members' CD-Rom
What is the concept of a fiction-thriller on Internet as presented by KJS? The author is developing a plot for suggested protagonists by surfing through the virtual world of the Internet. His findings are then shuffled around, twisted and lined up until real events in history and presence appear as bits and pieces for a story not known before. And surfers worldwide will have a chance to participate in the development of each story. The unfolding plot will create a new virtual reality, allowing as it is hoped insight into the meaning of our doing.
Whilst this approach is still very much dependent on virtual participation and co-operation, my latest project will provide a more classical approach for interested participants:
I am inviting private travellers & travel agencies to join me in an unusual journey: www.radiobridge.net/travele.html
Travellers would experience African reality along the TAZARA-line, and at the same time would be invited to come to know the development of the story of the "TAZARA"-novel as presented by the author.
Another idea, closely linked to my railway-research, can be viewed at: www.radiobridge.net/railtravel.html
I present the idea for a new mode of travelling by train to be realised, step by step, through collaboration of interested parties in North and South:
TOURISM ALONG RAIL-LINES IN AFRICA TRAIN-UNITS FOR HIRE
And all this has been turned, as bricks & mortar, into a multimedia-construction-site from which I present from time to time and for changing audiences of German speaking communities live-shows with readings, pictures, video- & audio-snippets from 40 years of living & working on 4 continents:
STORIES FROM THE GLOBAL VILLAGE OR: HOW TO COME TO TERMS WITH ALIEN WORLDS
GESCHICHTEN IM GLOBALEN DORF ODER VERSUCHE, DIE FREMDE ZU VERSTEHEN
check at: www.radiobridge.net/showdetails.html
I would very much appreciate your comments and hints how to come to a joint venture.
Klaus Juergen Schmidt