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- File Size: 586 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (15 Dec. 1983)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AQUTOI8
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,073,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Passing Through Havana: A Novel Of A Wartime Girlhood In The Caribbean Kindle Edition
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With her need to conform, her mother's instinct for survival and a quick mind that masters new languages easily, Claudia is soon accepted by the upper-class Cubans classmates she so admires. Formal balls at the Havana Yacht Club, a fantasy of her early adolescence, eventually become reality. At one of them she meets the handsome young German Dieter Muller - "Siegfried," she thought "on the cover of Max's 'Gotterdammerung' album" - whose love for her, his fair-haired complement, is almost as great as his hatred of Jews. Black magic and the blood of a sacrificed rooster ends, for Dieter, in the exorcism of Claudia's "impurity" but begins, for her, the painful journey toward self knowledge.
Irene Silverman, The East Hampton Star
Stories about the holocaust and the Jewish internment fill whole libraries. This book uniquely focuses on its impact inside one Jewish family, the fractures and entrapments and confusions it creates not only among the Jews but the German family as well. And how those divisions filter also into the American continent. By moving from Antwerp to Havana to Miami and New York, the author broadens the scope of her novel from an ethnic to a human level. The book is concise and incisive. A great read.