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Trieste by Dasa Drndic


Trieste by Dasa Drndic

An old woman sits alone in Gorizia, north-eastern Italy. She is waiting to be reunited with her son. He was fathered by an S.S. officer and stolen from her sixty-two years before by the Nazi authorities during the German occupation. By focusing on the experiences of one individual, Drndic engages head-on with the traumatic history of WWII and the Holocaust and deals unsparingly with the massacre of Jews in Trieste's concentration camp. A literary collage comprising photographs, scraps of poetry, interviews and testimonies from the Nuremburg Trials, it is a formally daring work of immense power and scope.


'The multifarious elements that comprise Haya's story and its grand context are an incredibly dense and potent mixture'
Daniel Dahn, Independent on Sunday

. * Independent on Sunday * 'A literary tour-de-force
Amanda Hopkinson, Independent

. * Independent * 'Original, moving and beautifully translated and produced

. * Guardian * 'Although this is fiction, it is also a deeply researched historical documentary ... It is a masterpiece

.N. Wilson, Financial Times. * Financial Times * Trieste is a work of European high culture. Drndic is writing neither to entertain (her novel is splendid and absorbing nevertheless) nor to instruct (its subject, the Holocaust, is too intractable to yield lessons). She is writing to witness, and to make the pain stick. -- Craig Seligman * New York Times *

About the Author

Dasa Drndic is a distinguished Croatian novelist and playwright. She also translates and teaches at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th February 2013


Dasa Drndic

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MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing


368 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation



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