The Brothel in Rosenstrasse
Mirenburg 1900... the most famous brothel in Europe. Frau Schmetterling's in Rosenstrasse. Here the exquisite sensualists of the haut monde make assignations with the elegant courtesans of the demi-jour, exploring the extremes of sexuality - but always with taste and comfort. It is impossible to imagine a threat to this prosperous, tolerant and supremely civilised world. Impossible to imagine war in Europe.
To sample the delights and security of the brothel in Rosenstrasse comes the famous roué, Count Von Bek, bringing with him his sixteen-year-old mistress Alexandra. But soon, their lazy fin-de-siécle dream will end, to be replaced by the brutal reality of a 20th century nightmare.
The Brothel in Rosenstrasse. London: Orion, 1993.
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