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Trieste

By Dasa Drndic

Trieste
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2014,
    368 pages.

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Linda Hitchcock

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Blurring the line between fact and fiction, this translation of a Croatian author's meticulously researched novel is a worthy addition to the canon of Holocaust literature.

The publisher's blurb about Trieste, the first novel published in English by Croatian author Daša Drndć, does not begin to convey the harrowing intensity of this riveting, singular work. The book illuminates the history of the Italian Jews of northern Italy under German SS occupation during World War II. This is filtered through the memories and experiences of Haya Tedeschi, an eighty-two year-old Catholicized Jewish woman who was twenty when her infant son was taken away as part of Heinrich Himmler's Lebensborn program.

It is now 2006 and at long last, Haya is looking forward to meeting her son in her hometown of Gorizia, Italy, a town that borders Slovenia. Gorizia, a few miles north of Trieste, is where Haya has lived since the war. Throughout the course of the sixty-two years since five-month-old Antonio Tedeschi, bastard son of a high-ranking SS officer, was ...

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