The de Gressier Saga is a four-book multigenerational family chronicle of love, betrayal, corruption, and above all human resilience written by C.S. Bunker.
The saga follows the lives of the Dovingdon family through the four great periods of the twentieth Century - World War I, World War II, the Cold War era, and then, after the Berlin Wall has come down, in Eastern Europe.
The vineyards of Bordeaux, South Africa and Moldova provide the background to a series of moral and ethical challenges faced by the Dovingdon family through each of these eras caused by events outside of their control.
The four books in the series and their time frames are:
The Lands of de Gressier 1913 - 1935
The Vines of de Gressier 1921 - 1953
The soul of de Gressier 1960 - 1977
The Watches of de Gressier 1991 – 2014
The idea for the de Gressier Saga came after the author had travelled to Moldova to carry out a feasibility study to privatise the Moldovan wine industry. Moldova then produced more wine than France and Italy put together. The Berlin Wall had come down and the country was coming out from underneath the yoke of communism.
Poverty, gangsterism and corruption were rife.
Later the same year, he was in France on holiday visiting the vineyards of Bordeaux when, by chance, he learned how the Nazis and their sympathisers within the French police force, had dealt with those that opposed them during the Occupation.
This led him to think about the harm caused by corruption, its different forms and the similarities between Bordeaux in 1942 and Moldova in 1992.
It was when C.S. Bunker heard the song Hero, composed by his son James, telling of an airman going to war who wanted to be a hero for his girlfriend, that he found the mechanism to connect France and Moldova in the same story.
In the mid to late 1990s, C. S. Bunker was working as a corporate financier in South Africa, again a wine-producing country. Apartheid had just ended with Nelson Mandela becoming president in the country’s first multiracial general election. The country had set up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and hearings had started to record, and in some cases grant amnesty to the perpetrators of, crimes relating to human rights violations during the apartheid era. This helped create the third strand of the de Gressier saga, which has corruption as a thread, deftly woven throughout.
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