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Trieste Hardcover – January 14, 2014
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"A work of European high culture...Even at their most lurid, Drndic’s sentences remain coldly dignified. And so does Ellen Elias-Bursac’s imperturbably elegant translation." –The New York Times Book Review
"A palimpsest of personal quest and the historical atrocities of war...Undeniably raw and mythical...Trieste evolves as a novel in the documentary style of the German writer W.G. Sebald, but also as a memorial of names, and as a novel about one woman's attempt to find order in her life. And as a book of events that have made the last century infamous for the ages, a book that, if it moves you as it moved me, you will have to set down now and then, to breathe, to blink and blink and say to yourself and whatever gods you might believe in, please, oh, please please please, never again." – Alan Cheuse, NPR
"Trieste…explores the 20th century’s darkest chapter in an original way, both thematically and stylistically, without ever diluting the disaster...So unflinchingly does Drndic present her detail that after certain passages concerning freight-train journeys, gas chambers and euthanasia centers, it pays to put the book down and take a break and gulps of fresh air. Potent, candid writing, while deserving of praise, is not always the easiest to digest...Trieste is an exceptional reading experience and an early contender for book of the year." –Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An extraordinarily rewarding novel...Rich." –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A darkly hypnotic kaleidoscope of a book...Drndic has in her own way composed an astonishment that extracts light from darkness." –The Jewish Daily Forward
"Although this is fiction, it is also a deeply researched historical documentary. Haya's life story is woven artfully into a broader tale of the twentieth century's atrocities. The book begins gently, introducing us to the archiepiscopal see of Gorizia in a manner reminiscent of WG Sebald . . . It is a masterpiece." –A.N. Wilson, Financial Times
"Trieste achieves a factographical poetry, superbly rendered by Ellen Elias-Bursac, implying that no one in Axis-occupied Europe stood more than two degrees from atrocity." –Times Literary Supplement
"Trieste is more than just a novel, it's a document that should be compulsory reading in secondary schools ... Books like this are necessary whilst there's still a glimmer of hope that eloquently reminding us of the past may prevent its repetition." –Bookbag
"Trieste is a massive undertaking. It swings from stomach-churning but compelling testimonials from former concentration camp workers to fluid fictional prose." –Irish Independent on Sunday
"In this documentary fiction, the private and public happen at once, large and small scale, imagined with just the same biographical precision. Haya sits dazzled in the cinema, lost in the unbelievable glamour on the screen; meanwhile, neighbors are disappearing. . . . The picture Trieste offers is cumulative -- so is its effect. For a reader with a taste for tidy narrative, its wilfulness can be maddening, and yet the multifarious elements that comprise Haya's story and its grand context are an incredibly dense and potent mixture, too." –The Independent
"Trieste is a brilliant, original conceptualized novel consisting of fragmented memories and a series of concentrated history lessons that will challenge a reader with its irregular construction and seeming lack of continuity. It may not be easy but it is well worth reading and will assuredly linger in memory." –BookBrowse
"Powerful, disturbing, original...Author Dasa Drndic uses her technique with painful effectiveness." –New York Journal of Books
"Drndic’s monumental work about a hitherto rarely discussed aspect of the Holocaust, and about the ongoing consequences of fascism, is not for the fainthearted, but its seamless combination of beautifully told story and relentless harsh documentation makes for a deeply engaging and unforgettable read." –Jewish Renaissance
"A powerful and original testimony, moving and hypnotic." –Historical Novel Review
"Richly textured reminisces...Drndic's themes, use of history, and narrative technique invite favorable comparisons to W.G. Sebald." –Publishers Weekly
"Outrage, horror, and grief simmer beneath the surface of this gripping novel...An unbearable, unusual, and unforgettable tribute to a very dark period of history...Highly recommended, this story’s gripping historical approach calls to mind the work of Norman Mailer and Don DeLillo." –Library Journal, starred
"Trieste’s originality lies not just in its structure and forceful, unflinching imagery—translator Elias-Bursa deserves acclaim as well—but also in how it brings the lingering effects of the Nazis’ merciless racial policies forward into the present." –Booklist
"An epic, heart-rending saga from the Croatian novelist about a forgotten corner of the Nazi Holocaust...A brilliant artistic and moral achievement worth reading." –Kirkus, starred
Top Customer Reviews
Using an old lady’s grieving mind as she waits patiently for her son - fathered by a Nazi SS soldier, stolen by the Nazi and placed into the secret Lebensborn Project - to return to her. Haya Tedeschi, a Jew living in Gorizia, relives her life through a basket of newspaper scraps and old photographs. Haya’s mind is sometimes delusional and sometimes crystalline as she recalls with pain and agony the trials and tribulations of the Nazi occupation of her town before and during WWII.
Her graphic lament that millions of people did nothing while knowing much brings the haunting tales of the Holocaust into vivid clarity. Haya does not necessarily include herself in this group, but in her heart, she knows her family was as much to blame. Drndic uses facts and weaves them into the fabric of her story. The first several chapters are difficult to follow and I was nearly ready to throw in the towel. The story rambled around with no apparent direction while the author began to set up the plot and storyline. While this technique is unique and somewhat effective after the fact, it makes for a very strange introduction to the story. Drndic uses a very brutal descriptive style that is sometimes too much, but there are enough facts to warrant the effect.Read more ›
This is a book about the 20th century in the middle of Europe. Though the book title is 'Trieste', it starts further north, in Gorica. Gorica in Slovenia has been Italian as Gorizia and Austrian as Görz. It has been Roman and Venetian and Napoleonic and Habsburgian and Yugoslavian. It saw much action in the Great War, the Isonzo battles, about which you can read in Hemingway's Farewell to Arms.
This is largely a book about the Holocaust, here the fate of Italian Jewish families. The author is Croatian. Her career has a leg in the English speaking world. She is nearly 70, and I wonder why I never heard of her. My loss.
This book is not a novel, not a history either, not a documentary, but a veritable cross dresser of literary forms. Looking for comparisons, I come up with Peter Weiss on Auschwitz or Solzhenitsyn on the GULAG, but that doesn't fully cover it. I use it just to give an idea. There is more fictional flesh here. The fictional component justifies the label 'novel', in a way. You will not be entertained though. This is overwhelming stuff.
The center of the narration is taken by the family Tedeschi in Gorica. Suitably, and ironically, that is a typically Jewish name in Italian and means 'German'. Fates are traced back to the late 19th century. The moving borders and changing rulers play a big part in events. The family is not suffering particularly tragic fates, when compared to others, they wiggle through as bystanders.
They are witnesses to a mad century. The second half of the book focuses on Haya Tedeschi, who was a young woman when the war ended, and lives on into the next century.Read more ›
It is a profound work in examining what is human life, how can humanity turn a blind eye to the suffering of so many, how does "social order" prevail in civil madness, how can humans conduct massive cold blooded murder and murder for sport, how Nazi officers and Nazi followers were automatically folded back into society after the war as if nothing had happened, how families didn't want to talk about the horrors, and how genetics can carry their Nazi bloodlines forward. I was deeply disturbed by the exploration, as a subject, to eradicate the Nazi bloodlines under the same premise of the Nazis wanting to create an Aryan race by exterminating Jews, Gypsies, the mentally ill, elderly, homosexuals, and political activists. The book explores a deep question: what do we as civilizations learn from history to not repeat the past?
I will continue to think about and reflect upon the themes and questions raised in this book for a long time. Wow! Well done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully written book about a very difficult subject. It is an extremely well researched book that should be a must for all who are interested or curious about the Holocaust. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. White
This is not an easy novel in more ways than one.Some of the brutality described is unnerving and likely to stick with you.There is a plot but it's almost a deception. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JAK
I just couldn't believe how under developed the plot or lack thereof
Just taking individual people living in Trieste. No continuity or depth.. Read more
This was one of the most satisfying books I have read in a long time. True, as some have commented, it starts slowly, but there is great reward for those who keep reading past... Read morePublished 12 months ago by T. Blake
Who could read this book. I barely made it to 100 pages and finally closed it. It was a slog.Published 20 months ago by BUBS
A disapointment. Lacks spark on a very important topicPublished 21 months ago by Dr. Karen Ericksen