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Amin Mirza

Ill-fated Rosalia is born on the very first day the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933. This story charts that path of the impoverished Hungarian Gypsy girl from birth to her lonely death, as turbulent events beyond her control take over her life and the world around her. Rosalia is thrust from misery to tragedy, glimpsing touching moments of humanity along the way. In a compelling tale which spans continents, Rosalia's life is defined by her relationships, some happy others troubling. It is a journey directed by world politics, marked by great hardship and poverty along the way, and occasionally relieved by short-lived episodes of joy and success. Rosalia is a heart-rending narrative filled with debauchery and catastrophe in equal measure, which cannot fail to move the reader.

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Amin Mirza is a Canadian and resident of Quebec. Born in a small Punjabi village in the northwest of pre-independence India, he grew up in Pakistan. With a master's degree in Chemistry, he came to Britain as an immigrant and taught at Acton Technical College, London. Later, he was a postgraduate research student in Biochemistry at Kings College and was awarded a doctorate degree by the University of London.

Since finishing higher education, Dr Mirza has worked as a research scientist in the USA, Canada and Germany, where he has published extensively in the field of virology and molecular biology. A member of the American Society of Microbiology, fluent in English, German and some French, he now lives in retirement, writing fiction in English.

Phagosome is his debut literary work.