By Ellen Elias-Bursac, Dasa Drndic
Author note: Translated through Ellen Elias-Bursac
Publish yr note: First released in 2011
Haya Tedeschi sits on my own in Gorizia, in northeastern Italy, surrounded via a basket of images and newspaper clippings. Now an previous lady, she waits to be reunited after sixty-two years together with her son, fathered by way of an SS officer and stolen from her via the German specialists as a part of Himmler's clandestine Lebensborn project.
Haya displays on her Catholicized Jewish family's stories, dealing unsparingly with the bloodbath of Italian Jews within the focus camps of Trieste. Her obsessive look for her son leads her to pictures, maps, and fragments of verse, to tales from the Nuremberg trials and interviews with second-generation Jews, and to eyewitness debts of atrocities that came about on her doorstep. From this extensive university of fabric and reminiscence arises the stunning chronicle of Nazi profession in northern Italy.
Written in immensely strong language and utilizing quite a number incredible conceptual units, Trieste is a singular like no different. Daša Drndić has produced a shattering contribution to the literature of twentieth-century history.
Independent international Fiction Prize Nominee for Shortlist (2013)
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In a special ceremony, Sultan-Caliph Mehmed V was given an ancient Ottoman sword. Grand Mufti Ürgüplü Khairi Bey, the empire’s highest Muslim cleric and the fatwa’s main author, unrolled what was said to be Muhammad’s original battle flag. 47 A large crowd, some on horseback, marched from the mosque to the German embassy. They included a woman acting the part of Aisha, one of Muhammad’s wives. On the balcony stood the German ambassador and some special surprise guests: fourteen Muslim ex–prisoners of war who had decided to join the German-Ottoman side.
In 1906, the German Orient Bank was established in Berlin, led by two Jewish bankers, Eugen and Herbert M. Gutmann, to develop business connections with the Middle East. 43 Three years later, Germany’s gigantic Deutsche Bank opened a branch in Istanbul, linking directly with Ottoman financial institutions. A deal with British interests the following year brought the Deutsche Bank into financing oil production in Iran. In the period leading up to World War I, Germany was, after Britain and France, the Ottoman Empire’s third largest trading partner.
26 But the kaiser was not trying to win over the empire’s non-Muslim or dissident subjects. In 1898, the Ottoman Empire appeared a stronger horse than scattered Arab nationalist intellectuals, Jewish ideologues, and Armenian activists with no troops or money behind them. Thus, the Germans turned down Armenian requests for help against the Otto- 19 20 A Christian Imperial Strategy mans. 30 The kaiser’s endorsement of the Ottoman Empire’s continued authority and Islam’s power to inspire political action required some remarkably mixed symbolism, as seen in the trip’s most striking event, in Damascus on November 8, 1898, when the kaiser visited Salah ad-Din Yusuf al-Aiyyub’s tomb.