Trieste

Trieste

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"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. Daša Drndić has produced a shattering contribution to the literature of twentieth-century history"--
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780547725147
0547725140
Branch Call Number: F Drn
Additional Contributors: Elias-Bursać, Ellen - Translator

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phf655 Jun 10, 2015

A strange book. This is not a novel. It is more like a scrapbook of memory of the Nazi era, including but not limited to, holocaust. It goes in many directions - the extermination of the Jews, the inaction of the Catholic church, and the Nazis bizarre 'lebensborn' project, designed to racially fortify the German nation. But it often descends into a thoughtless, hyper-emotional rant. Unmediated accusations of guilt are splayed over everyone, including Jews who were spared extermination and tried to resume their lives after the War, members of the church hierarchy who tried to save Jewish children by baptizing them, and much else. Ultimately all of this is unfair and tiresome. And the lack of a scholarly appartatus means that we do not know what is documented and what is imagined.

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