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- For Immediate Release Contact: Public Relations Department PRDept@americastarbooks.com www.americastarbooks.com July 11, 2014 Dear editor:
America Star Books is proud to announce the release of Born to Die, by Dutch author Luka van den Driesschen. The book is the English translation of Luka van den Driesschen’s original Dutch novel, Geboren door te sterven, published in the Netherlands by Spirit on sound
A brief synopsis of Born to Die: What did Tom Manders (Dorus), Bhagwan (Osho), and Prince Bernhard have in common? Who witnessed the last execution of the death penalty by hanging in the infamous Fremantle Prison in Western Australia?
In his book, the protagonist/writer (1944) wanders the world in search for his true self. He witnesses some important historical events along the way. For example, the book begins with a narration of the oppressive atmosphere in post-war Netherlands, followed by his subsequent migration to Australia in the late 50s where he was left behind as a 13-year-old boy by his parents. The book also tells us of his arduous struggle to survive in Australia in the 60s. He goes through a divorce and hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital where he meets the virtuoso pianist David Helfgott (whose life inspired the Oscar-winning film “Shine”). After that period, he returns to the Netherlands and marries the secretary of Prince Bernhard at the time of the Lockheed affair in the late 70s. In the 80s, he joins the Bhagwan movement and is present at the death of Osho. Throughout the story, he enjoins the reader to follow his quest for spiritual awareness and inner growth, his career as a singer/entertainer, and his numerous casual and less casual romances and love affairs.
Please let me know if you are interested in an interview with Luka. I will gladly and quickly put him in touch with you. We are proud of him as he is one of the first Dutch authors we decided to introduce to the American readers market. Until now, Americans have rarely been exposed to foreign literature. At America Star Books we have decided to change this, and Luka is now among the first to blaze the trail! www.lukavandendriesschen.com
Please contact me at PRDept@americastarbooks.com for more information, or call me at +1 443.684.7893.
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America Star Books is headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, USA. First established in 1999, the publishing company is home to more than 65,000 authors. Co-founder is Willem Meiners, formerly a Dutch newspaper journalist who was editor-in-chief at De Gooi- en Eemlander in Hilversum before he immigrated to America in 1991. America Star Books is presently translating and publishing in English thousands of books written by authors from 19 foreign countries.