Solitaire: Magda Goebbels: A Banality of Ambition and Evil

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HISTORICAL FICTION

1940s & '50s

Byron Williams

Logline

Solitaire is the ambitious, seductive and macabre story of the "unofficial" First Lady of the Third Reich, Magda Goebbels. On May 1, 1945, after Adolf Hitler committs suicide, Magda murders six of her seven children and sits down to play solitaire in the Fuhrerbunker, as she waits for her husband, Josef, to return so they can execute themselves in the Reich Chancellery gardens. Magda goes on a retrospective quest for redemption, examining her loving relationship with her Jewish stepfather, Richard Friedlander and her first love, Chaim Arlosoroff, a Zionist leader. She is forced to confront her indefinable desire for "more"... which inevitably leads to the woman she had become --- a banality of ambition and evil. Her obsession with her public image as the paragon of German womanhood has blinded her to the humanity of others, including her own. It was a life that ran a parallel course with the rise and fall of Nazi Germany."

Genre

Historical Fiction

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Berlin

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

Magda Goebbels has just murdered six of her seven children, she sits down to play solitaire. From there she goes on a retrospective from a young child who adored her Jewish stepfather and and his customs to "unofficial First Lady of the Third Reich."

Ending Description

Magda's conversation with the ace of spades convinces her "redemption" is indeed possible. But Josef abruptly returns, she once again becomes Germany's "first lady" as they head to the Reich chancellery Gardens to fulfill their plans of execution.

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Hard Copy Available

No

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Mature Audience Themes

Nudity

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Main Character Details

Name: Magda Goebbels

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Narcissistic, Power-hungry

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Logline

Solitaire is the ambitious, seductive and macabre story of the "unofficial" First Lady of the Third Reich, Magda Goebbels. On May 1, 1945, after Adolf Hitler committs suicide, Magda murders six of her seven children and sits down to play solitaire in the Fuhrerbunker, as she waits for her husband, Josef, to return so they can execute themselves in the Reich Chancellery gardens. Magda goes on a retrospective quest for redemption, examining her loving relationship with her Jewish stepfather, Richard Friedlander and her first love, Chaim Arlosoroff, a Zionist leader. She is forced to confront her indefinable desire for "more"... which inevitably leads to the woman she had become --- a banality of ambition and evil. Her obsession with her public image as the paragon of German womanhood has blinded her to the humanity of others, including her own. It was a life that ran a parallel course with the rise and fall of Nazi Germany."

Short Summary

Magda Goebbels has just murdered six of her seven children, she sits down to play solitaire. From there she goes on a retrospective from a young child who adored her Jewish stepfather and and his customs to "unofficial First Lady of the Third Reich."


Magda's conversation with the ace of spades convinces her "redemption" is indeed possible. But Josef abruptly returns, she once again becomes Germany's "first lady" as they head to the Reich chancellery Gardens to fulfill their plans of execution.

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About The Author

Core Theme

Internal Journey/Rebirth,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Magda Goebbels

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Narcissistic, Power-hungry

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