Bruno Slept Here
My father said that he survived World War II because he recited a yogic mantra 109 times. Survival was a challenge since he grew up in Latvia amidst three dictatorships and two occupations. In the last months of the war, instead of finishing high school, he was forced into the German Army. His company of Latvian soldiers refused to defend Berlin and deserted instead, walking for weeks in search of the Allies.
It all adds up to a story about resilience, told by my father and including a range of extraordinary characters, violinists, mystics and swamis, soldiers and colonels, and all the lost and frightened people disrupted by war.
I'm working on a memoir called Bruno Slept Here as my thesis for the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph at Humber.