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Daddy's War: Greek American Stories

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When she was very young, Irene Kacandes knew things about her father that had no plot, no narrator, and no audience. To her childhood self these things resembled beings who resided with her family, like the ancestresses whod thrown themselves off cliffs rather than be taken by the Turks, or the forefathers whod fought the Trojans. For decades she thought of these cohabitants as Daddys War Experiences and tried to stay away from them. When tragedy touched the adult life she had constructed for herself, however, she realized she had to confront her familys wartime past. 
 
Kacandes begins with what she did know: that her immigrant grandmother returned to Greece with four young children—and without her husband—only to get trapped there by the Nazi occupation. Though still a child himself, her father, John, helped feed his younger siblings by taking up any task possible, including smuggling arms to the Resistance. Kacandes painstakingly uncovers a complex truth her father chose not to tell, a truth inextricably entwined with the Holocaust, discovering, too, a common but little-told story about how the telling of such memories is negotiated between survivors and their children. Daddys War brings new understanding to how trauma, like the revenge of Greek gods, can visit each generation and offers a model for breaking the cycle.

About the Author

Irene Kacandes is a professor of German and comparative literature at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and the author of several books, including Talk Fiction: Literature and the Talk Explosion (Nebraska 2001).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803219335
Subtitle:
Greek American Stories
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Author:
Kacandes, Irene
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Greeks
Subject:
Greece History Occupation, 1941-1944.
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090301
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 b/w illus, 2 family trees, 3 maps
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.65 lb

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Biography » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » European American

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