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25 noviembre, 2020 a las 19:30 #23119Anthony GreerInvitado
Once I Lived
by Natascha Wodin, Iain Galbraith
- Language: english
- Release date: July 15, 1992
- ISBN: 9781852422219 (1852422211)
- Author: Natascha Wodin, Iain Galbraith
- Format: paperback, 224 pages
- Publisher: Serpent’s Tail
About The Book
In the form of a letter to her unborn child, a young woman delves into her past. Through her narrative she resurrects spectres that still haunt her life: her mother, who wandered into a river and never returned; her violent, domineering father; and the chaos of post-war Germany. Born in 1945 to Russian parents, she and her family had fled from the famine zone of the war-ravaged Ukraine and ended up in Germany. Always an outsider, the girl’s perspective on the tyranny of society and of language, and on the adolescent’s desperate need to belong is clear-eyed, moving and unspoiled by self-pity. As the post-war West German economic miracle gains momentum and the culture of America — 1950s nylon blouses and blue jeans — infiltrates her provincial town, her status as an alien becomes increasingly oppressive. A testament to the human ability to survive, Once I Lived is the story of a child’s life moved by the forces of the twentieth century. It perfectly captures the essence of the outsider in a country that is becoming increasingly intolerant of aliens.
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