When a new patient with a delusion that she is dead is referred to neurologist Jules Cotard in 1880, he dubs her Mademoiselle X and becomes increasingly obsessed with unravelling the nature of her condition and must attempt to cure her before her own self-inflicted demise.
After winning the Turkish War of Independence in 1923, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk begins his massive political, economic and cultural reforms to create a modern Turkey, only to be faced with opposition from within his own nation which must also be besieged.
In 868, after all the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in England had already fallen to the Danes, Alfred of Wessex (later to be known as Alfred the Great) governs the only remaining kingdom to resist the invading Viking forces and must unite his English-speaking compatriots from all over the land for the first time in an epic battle to defeat the invaders who seek to destroy their people and language.
In 1941, a young woman of German descent and her family are forced to flee their German village in the Ukraine or be crushed by the advancing Soviet forces who have denounced her people as Nazi spies, only to discover when she arrives in Germany for the first time that she is as much a foreigner in her country of ancestry as she was in her country of birth and must struggle to survive in this new place she cannot understand.
In 1729, shortly after the publication of his work “A Modest Proposal” rumors spread that the aristocrats have taken his satirical advice to eat the children of the poor literally and Jonathan Swift must attempt to take down the largest slaughterhouse owner in Dublin with his words and his blade to save the poverty-stricken children of Ireland.
Read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick” here.