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Go, Went, Gone

Author: Jenny Erpenbeck Language: English Summary: Now in paperback, the unforgettable German bestseller about the European refugee crisis. One of the great contemporary European writers takes on Europe’s biggest issue. Richard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas, but now he is retired, his books remain in their packing boxes and he steps into the streets … Continue reading Go, Went, Gone

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Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation

Author: Anne Sebba

Language: English

SummaryNew York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba explores a devastating period in Paris’s history and tells the stories of how women survived―or didn’t―during the Nazi occupation. Paris in the 1940s was a place of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation, and secrets. During the occupation, the swastika flew from the Eiffel Tower and danger lurked on every corner. While Parisian men were either fighting at the front or captured and forced to work in German factories, the women of Paris were left behind where they would come face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis, as waitresses, shop assistants, or wives and mothers, increasingly desperate to find food to feed their families as hunger became part of everyday life. When the Nazis and the puppet Vichy regime began rounding up Jews to ship east to concentration camps, the full horror of the war was brought home and the choice between collaboration and resistance became unavoidable. Sebba focuses on the role of women, many of whom faced life and death decisions every day. After the war ended, there would be a fierce settling of accounts between those who made peace with or, worse, helped the occupiers and those who fought the Nazis in any way they could. – Source: Amazon.com

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The Expats: a novel

Author: Chris Pavone

Language: English

Summary: In the cobblestoned streets of Luxembourg, Kate Moore’s days are filled with playdates and coffee mornings, her weekends spent in Paris and skiing in the Alps. But Kate is also guarding a tremendous, life-defining secret—one that’s become so unbearable that it begins to unravel her newly established expat life. She suspects that another American couple are not who they claim to be; her husband is acting suspiciously; and as she travels around Europe, she finds herself looking over her shoulder, increasingly terrified that her own past is catching up with her. As Kate begins to dig, to uncover the secrets of the people around her, she finds herself buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage, and her life.
Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent, and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent. – Source: Amazon.com

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Solo la luna ci ha visti passare: il mio viaggio a 14 anni dalla Siria alla libertà

Author: Maxima, Francesca Ghirardelli

Language: Italian

Summary: Sigillata al buio dentro il cassone di un camion ha attraversato Ungheria, Austria e Germania prima di raggiungere la sua destinazione, l’Olanda. Ma per arrivare alla tappa finale ha dovuto affrontare il mar Egeo a bordo di un gommone carico di uomini, donne e bambini, i corpi letteralmente ammassati gli uni sugli altri, senza quasi la possibilità di respirare. Ha percorso a piedi chilometri di asfalto fino a vedere il sangue macchiarle le calze, ha marciato sotto un temporale, si è nascosta e ha cercato rifugio nei boschi di Macedonia e Serbia. Dalla Siria all’Olanda, questo è il viaggio di Maxima, siriana curda di 14 anni, che fra luglio e agosto 2015 ha percorso la “rotta balcanica”, determinata a iniziare una nuova vita in Europa. Cresciuta ad Aleppo, Maxima ha abbandonato la città nel momento in cui gli echi della guerra civile scoppiata nel 2011 si sono fatti troppo vicini, quando il conflitto è arrivato nel suo quartiere e dalla finestra della sua camera ha visto sollevarsi nubi spesse di cenere e il pulviscolo dei palazzi sbriciolati dai bombardamenti. Nel suo intenso racconto affidato a Francesca Ghirardelli, che l’ha incontrata prima nel parco di Belgrado poi in Olanda, nella casa dove ora vive, Maxima ripercorre i ricordi più intimi della vita quotidiana in Siria e descrive le tappe del viaggio che ha accomunato il suo destino a quello di centinaia di migliaia di migranti e rifugiati, siriani come lei, ma anche afghani, iracheni, eritrei e di altre parti del pianeta. – Source: Amazon.it

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