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In 1937, Rosetta Loy was a privileged five-year-old growing up among the well-to-do Catholic intelligentsia of Rome. But her childhood world of indulgent nannies and summers in the mountains was also the world of Mussolini's fascist regime and the increasing oppression of Italian Jews. Loy interweaves the two Italys of her early years, revealing the willful ignorance of her own family as one by one their Jewish neighbors disappeared. She indicts journalists and intellectuals for their blindness and passivity, and presents a searing and dispassionate record of the role of the Vatican and Catholic leadership in the devastation of Italian Jewry.

Written in crystalline prose, First Words offers an uncommon perspective on the Holocaust — that of one writer as she struggles to reconcile her memories of a happy childhood with her adult knowledge of one of the world's most horrifying tragedies.

About the Author

Born in Rome in 1931, Rosetta Loy is one of Italy's leading novelists and journalists. She has written seven novels and been honored with every major Italian literary award. Her work has been translated into eleven languages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805062588
Subtitle:
A Childhood in Fascist Italy
Translator:
Conti, Gregory
Author:
Loy, Rosetta
Author:
Conti, Gregory
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 30
Publication Date:
20010901
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.84x5.33x.75 in. 1.90 lbs.

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