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A moving and well researched book.,
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This review is from: Trieste (Hardcover)
Trieste a moving and beautifully woven story linking fictional characters and real events during the period after the Nazis moved into North Eastern Italy in 1943. The book was really well researched and the details concerning the treatment of Jews and Partisans under the Nazis showed the horror and inhumanity of the time. The theft of the baby and German attempts to create a 'pure' bred population have dreadful consquences for the children as the war ends and they are identified for what they are - there seems to have been no room for forgiveness when the war was over.It is perhaps wrong to say that I liked the book , it is not that kind of book , but it drew me into the people and events in a grapic way. I read the book initially because of a planned holiday to Trieste and while there a visit to the Risera de San Saba demonstarted what a cold and forbidding place it was/is and the testimony of survivors plus the memorials to those who died left quite an empty feeling, especially in a world where attitudes towards those who are 'different' and the rise of the Facist right in some countries shows that what Dasa Drndic was writing about has not gone away.