Esther Safran Foer è cresciuta in una casa in cui il passato faceva troppa paura per poterne parlare. Figlia di genitori immigrati negli Stati Uniti dopo essere sopravvissuti allo sterminio delle rispettive famiglie, per Esther l’Olocausto è sempre stato un’ombra pronta a oscurare la vita di tutti i giorni, una presenza quasi concreta, ma a cui era vietato dare un nome. Anche da adulta, pur essendo riuscita a trovare soddisfazione nel lavoro, a sposarsi e a crescere tre figli, ha sempre sentito il bisogno di colmare il vuoto delle memorie famigliari. Fino al giorno in cui sua madre si è lasciata sfuggire una rivelazione sconvolgente. Esther ha deciso allora di partire alla ricerca dei luoghi in cui aveva vissuto e si era nascosto suo padre durante la guerra, e delle tracce di una sorella di cui aveva sempre ignorato l’esistenza. A guidarla, solo una vecchia foto in bianco e nero e una mappa disegnata a mano. Quello che scoprirà durante il suo viaggio in Ucraina – lo stesso percorso che Jonathan Safran Foer ha immaginato per il protagonista del suo romanzo, Ogni cosa è illuminata – non solo aprirà nuove porte sul passato, ma le concederà, finalmente, la possibilità di ritrovare se stessa e le sue radici.
- ISBN: 8823522846
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 288
Foer is on a mission. At times it can be all consuming as she culls the Diaspora and available databases to find out who she is and where she came from. In her words: “When I asked my mother why she didn’t know more or ask questions, she said that after the war people didn’t want to talk about the pa Leggi tutto
3 stars Thanks to BookBrowse and Tim Duggan Books for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes March 31, 2020. It has been a while since I have read a book on the Holocaust. Although I am not of Jewish faith, each book seems to dredge up feelings and images that are simply overwhelming. Kn Leggi tutto
I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ---- 3.5 stars Had trouble keeping track of some of the names and details (me thing, my memory sucks) of her family and the places. I'm sure I pronounced some things wrong in my head haha. An interesting an Leggi tutto
"I set out to find the family that had hidden my father during the war and to see what I could learn about the sibling I had never known. I set out to find a shtetl that, by all accounts, was no more. I set out to learn about my father. I set out to know about my sister. I set out to let my ances
This is a memoir of Esther's family - four generations who are unable to pass her mother's stories to each generation because her mother's memories were so terrible that she refused to talk about them. She would occasionally give a small amount of information but would refuse to answer questions. Wh Leggi tutto
This is about the family history her son Jonathan turned into quirky autofiction (in Everything Is Illuminated ): a largely fruitless trip he took to Ukraine to research his maternal grandfather’s life for his Princeton thesis, and a more productive follow-up trip she took with her older son in 2009. Leggi tutto
First thoughts: Amazing. A genealogy search crossed with a deep dive into the Holocaust archives and local histories by a Jewish girl trying to be sure those that died are not forgotten. Powerful and personal. Full review coming. I Want You to Know We’re Still Here A Post-Holocaust Memoir Esther Safran Leggi tutto
This beautifully written book flowed so smoothly I felt was having coffee with Ms. Foer as she told her story. I have read countless stories of the Holocaust yet from each I learn something new. The biggest “take-away” for me from this book was that “life was all about moving forward” which may expl Leggi tutto
WOW. It's hard to put into words the way I felt when reading this. In so many ways, this book felt like a spiritual experience (even though I am not Jewish) because of the way that Safran Foer writes these memories into a history, as she emphasizes as important in Jewish culture. I felt completely m Leggi tutto
Esther Safran Foer is the mother of three authors (including Jonathan Safran Foer), so it isn't surprising that she is intelligent, open, and writes beautifully. This memoir is a story of family, ancestry, faith and inspiration. It is the tale of war and its impact on future generations. It is the s Leggi tutto
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