Trieste

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 - Fiction - 359 pages
"A masterpiece" (A. N. Wilson), this many-layered novel of WWII combines fiction with a collage of facts to explore the fate of Italian Jews under Nazi occupation, through the intimate story of a mother's search for her son.
Haya Tedeschi sits alone in Gorizia, in northeastern Italy, surrounded by a basket of photographs and newspaper clippings. Now an old woman, she waits to be reunited after sixty-two years with her son, fathered by an SS officer and stolen from her by the German authorities as part of Himmler s clandestine Lebensborn project.
Haya reflects on her Catholicized Jewish family s experiences, dealing unsparingly with the massacre of Italian Jews in the concentration camps of Trieste. Her obsessive search for her son leads her to photographs, maps, and fragments of verse, to testimonies from the Nuremberg trials and interviews with second-generation Jews, and to eyewitness accounts of atrocities that took place on her doorstep. From this broad collage of material and memory arises the staggering chronicle of Nazi occupation in northern Italy.
Written in immensely powerful language and employing a range of astonishing conceptual devices, Trieste is a novel like no other. Da a Drndic has produced a shattering contribution to the literature of twentieth-century history.
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An epic, heart-rending saga from the Croatian novelist about a forgotten corner of the Nazi Holocaust.The author offers no traditional novel. Its heart is the fictional story of Haya Tedeschi ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

DASA DRNDIC is a distinguished Croatian novelist, playwright, and literary critic. She spent some years teaching in Canada and gained an M.A. in theatre and communications as part of the Fulbright program. She teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rijeka. ELLEN ELIAS-BURSAC is the leading translator of Serbo-Croatian writing into English. 

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