Dita Saxovna by Arnost Lustig

By Arnost Lustig

Dita Saxova is an eighteen-year-old focus camp survivor attempting to commence a brand new existence in postwar Prague. dwelling in a distinct hostel for orphans from the camps, too previous to be cared for parentally, too younger to be absolutely grownup, too soaked actually to harbor many illusions, Dita struggles to reconcile struggles to reconcile her unfathomable previous along with her enigmatic destiny. First released in Czech in 1962, then in English in 1979, Dita Saxova confirms Arnost Lustig's position as one of many masterful storytellers of the Holocaust period.

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Lustig's novel received the nationwide Jewish ebook Award upon its 1979 debut. The semiautobiographical story relates the tale of a tender Czechoslovakian girl attempting to positioned her lifestyles again jointly after surviving the Holocaust. A "touching and painful story" ( LJ 7/79) for overseas collections.

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That morning Liza had observed: “If a bar of chocolate was thrown into the deal, somebody might get suspicious about you and Fatty. When it’s only books, it’s still platonic. ” Whenever Munk came to Room 16, he knocked repeatedly on the door, lacking the courage to march in, as if the girls were in Ihe habit of strolling around in their undies. ” echoed Linda’s piercing voice though the wall. Dita paused for a moment and then turned down the phonograph. Half an hour later a small man in a business suit stood outside the door of Room 16.

The excess love you give destroys the possibility of love you should receive— and so on. They regarded “Ti-pi-tin” as their theme song. To complete the picture, Dita, according to Linda, had the big blue eyes, the smile, and the support or crutches of the Pied Piper’s survivor. Dita felt no compunction at misquoting him. ) She knew the book almost by heart and found in it mystery and deep meaning, promise and inspiration, an unfathomable beau­ ty of content and language. That was what really bugged Linda.

That was what really bugged Linda. With her laughter, Dita Saxova washed away all the unpleasant things about 53 Lubliana, not ail of them the fault of its cautious caretaker and his wife, Isabelle. It did not even occur to them to invite Linda. When Dita laughed, she gave the impression of being mature. Ever since Linda had lived in Room 15, for twenty-one months, there had been no fixed routine to all these Friday parties. Some­ 34 times they ended with dancing, sometimes with silence. Such silences always puzzled Linda.

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