Kari F. Brænne
Maria, a woman in her 113th year, lives in an old apartment in Barcelona. No one knows that she is Maria Nikolajevna Romanova, the last Russian Tsar’s second youngest daughter.
In the autumn of 2012, she meets a Norwegian author who rents an apartment across the hall. Maria finally gets a chance to tell the story of the loss of her family, their grief and their dramatic escape from the Bolsheviks in 1918.
Before Tsar Nicholas the 2nd, his wife and five children were shot one night in July, 1918, they had endured months of captivity and humiliation. The family had thought of themselves as designated by God. They lived in boundless luxury, completely removed from the severe poverty of the Russian people. Their fall was excruciatingly painful, and in the end deadly.