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Trieste, By Dasa Drndic
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 19 April 2013
A closely-researched documentary novel; a bereft mother's quest for her long-lost child; a keen investigation into the disputed borders between history and fiction: Trieste, on the shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, moves and stirs on several fronts.
Drndic takes an old woman's quest to find a son snatched by Nazis for their "Aryan" breeding policy, and around it weaves a polyphonic story of war and deportation.
In Ellen Elias-Bursac's robust translation (from Croatian), every element adds to a swell of sorrow, pity - and hope.
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