Lost Bread (Paperback)

Lost Bread By Edith Bruck, Gabriella Romani (Translator), David Yanoff (Translator) Cover Image

Lost Bread (Paperback)

By Edith Bruck, Gabriella Romani (Translator), David Yanoff (Translator)


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Bruck's "spare prose captures the raw terror and bitter sorrow of the camps. She also finds lyrical beauty and unexpected joy in moments of calm. Reading her work is like breaking bread with her, seeking light amid the shadows cast by history."
--Wall Street Journal

Drawing on the remarkable events of her own life, renowned author and Holocaust survivor Edith Bruck tells the story of Ditke, a young Jewish girl living in Hungary during World War II.

In 1944, twelve-year-old Ditke, her parents, and her siblings are
forced out of their home by the Nazis and sent to a series of concentration camps, including
Auschwitz and Dachau. Miraculously surviving the war with one of her sisters,
but losing her parents and a brother, Ditke begins a tortuous journey--first
back to Hungary, where she knows she doesn't belong, and then to Israel. There,
she holds various jobs before she leaves with a dance troupe, touring Turkey,
Switzerland, and Italy. In Italy she finds a home, at last, and a small measure
of peace; there, too, she falls in love and marries.

as herself, Edith Bruck closes Lost Bread by addressing a letter to God expressing her rejection of hatred, her love for life, and her hope
never to lose her memory or ability to continue speaking for those who perished
in the Nazi concentration camps. After the book's publication in Italy, Pope
Francis visited Bruck and thanked her for bearing witness to the atrocities of
the Holocaust.
Edith Bruck was born in Hungary in 1931, and as a young teen she was deported with her family to theconcentration camps of Auschwitz, Dachau, Christianstadt, Landsberg, andBergen-Belsen, where she lost both her parents and a brother. After the end ofWWII, she briefly returned to Hungary, lived in Czechoslovakia, and then movedto Israel, where she stayed for three years. Working for a dancing troupe in 1954 she traveled to Italy where she decided to settle and where she still livestoday. Bruck is the author of more than twenty books, both prose and poetry, devoted to her life-long commitment to Holocaust testimony, starting with Who Loves You Like This (1959, Italian edition; 2001, English edition, Paul Dry Books). She has won several Italian literary awards; most recently, in 2021, Lost Bread was a finalist for the prestigious PremioStrega and winner of Premio Strega giovani (youth). Bruck has gained national and internationalrecognition for her writings in Holocaust testimony and, more generally, incontemporary Italian literature. Among other honors, in 2021 she received the Cavalieriato di Gran Croce, conferred by the President of Italy. Along with Primo Levi, Edith Bruck is one of the most prolific writers ofHolocaust narratives in Italian. Her books have been translatedinto many languages including English, French, German, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian, and Hebrew. She lives in Rome. Gabriella Romani is Professor of Italian at Seton Hall University. With Brenda Webster she translated Edith Bruck's Letter to My Mother (2006) and Enrico Castelnuovo's The Moncalvos (2017). She is from Rome and now lives in Philadelphia. David Yanoff is an attorney and author from Philadelphia.
Product Details ISBN: 9781589881785
ISBN-10: 1589881788
Publisher: Paul Dry Books
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Pages: 142
Language: English