By Dasa Drndic
Haya Tedeschi sits by myself in Gorizia, in northeastern Italy, surrounded via a basket of photos and newspaper clippings. Now an previous lady, she waits to be reunited after sixty-two years together with her son, fathered by means of an SS officer and stolen from her by means of the German professionals as a part of Himmler’s clandestine Lebensborn project.
Haya displays on her Catholicized Jewish family’s experiences, dealing unsparingly with the bloodbath of Italian Jews within the focus camps of Trieste. Her obsessive look for her son leads her to pictures, maps, and fragments of verse, to stories from the Nuremberg trials and interviews with second-generation Jews, and to eyewitness money owed of atrocities that happened on her doorstep. From this extensive university of fabric and reminiscence arises the staggering chronicle of Nazi occupation in northern Italy.
Written in immensely robust language and using more than a few spectacular conceptual units, Trieste is a unique like no different. Daša Drndić has produced a shattering contribution to the literature of twentieth-century history.