CARDIFF BY THE SEA, Calif.
- Aug. 17, 2021
-- Now that the AIDS epidemic is far behind us, there is an increasing interest for the way victims were treated at that time. There was much fear and shame. This book describes the real-life story of a young man from Amsterdam who contracted HIV in the 1980s.
Michael was a handsome man, intelligent, successful, but he was also fun, interesting, and kind. He was passionate about using his many talents to change the world for the better. After all, in his early childhood he had lived in Iran where he had witnessed poverty, had seen dictatorship from the shah, and had feared the religious fundamentalists. Hence, he was determined to devote his time and energy to enhancing freedom of speech and human dignity.
He started energetically, but once he was diagnosed with AIDS, he had to face the fact that his life would be shorter than he had imagined. He had to tell his friends and family, which was hard.
The moving picture of Michael and his struggle is portrayed from both his perspective and that of his close friends and relatives. Serious and humorous events alternate. It is all about human resilience and the desire to pursue a goal.
Get your copy today: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CBKRYRX/About the author
Robert Christophor Coppes lives in Amsterdam. He has a PhD in Economics, worked for the University of Groningen and for the Dutch Central Bank. He did not have the intention to write books, but the death of his brother changed that. He strongly felt that he had to write this extraordinary story in a specific way. He had a flash of inspiration during the long ride back home after the funeral. While driving, the structure came to him: the chapters, the contents, the dialogues, the prologue, and the epilogue.
A few years later, he wrote a book about Srebrenica where the biggest mass murder in Europe after the Second World War took place. This true story is about a Bosnian girl who worked as an interpreter for the Dutch UN soldiers. It describes the hardships and the fear of the people during the siege of the enclave of Srebrenica, its fall, and her dangerous flight to freedom.
His fascination with Near-Death Experiences made him write two more books on that subject. These were translated into English and German. A third book is upcoming.