Farewell Sidonia /
Erich Hackl ; translated by Edna McCown.
1st U.S. ed. --
New York : Fromm International Pub., c1991.
135 p. ; 22 cm.
088064124X :
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New York : Fromm International Pub., c1991.
088064124X :
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Translation of: Abschied von Sidonia.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1990-12:
Based on real events, the novel recounts the story of Sidonia Adlersburg, an abandoned child of Gypsy parentage. She is cared for by loving, working-class, socialist foster parents in the Austrian provinces until child welfare officials, acting in accord with the racial climate of the Third Reich, insist on returning her to her natural parents. Subsequently, she is sent to her death at Auschwitz. Hackl, an Austrian translator (from Spanish) and television screenwriter, breaks through the cool detachment of his spare, highly detailed style rarely but dramatically: ``At this point the chronicler can no longer hide behind facts and conjecture. This is the point at which he wishes to scream in helpless rage.'' An important chapter in Austrian history and a moving piece of fiction.-- Michael T. O'Pecko, Towson State Univ., Md.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1990-11-09:
Austrian author Hackl ( Aurora's Motive ) unfolds this absorbing, fact-based tale in terse, controlled prose. In 1933, the year the Nazis come to power, a dark-skinned infant girl is left wrapped in rags on the hospital steps in Steyr, Austria, her name, Sidonia Adlersburg, written on a scrap of paper beside her. Her mother is found to be an unwed gypsy, thus a member of a group that within the decade will be rounded up as ``foreign vermin.'' Sidonia is adopted by Hans Breirather, a laborer once jailed as a Social Democrat, and his wife, Josepha. Determined, brave and independent, the Breirathers weather the terrible Nazi years of political persecution and spying neighbors, defending Sidonia against detractors who call her ``that black thing.'' Finally, two officious social workers, acting ``in the child's best interest,'' place Sidonia in housing arranged for gypsies. The child's surveillance by the Youth Welfare Office and the Magistrate's Office, the pains taken by a schoolmaster to record her tiny faults and the plight of the gypsies are rendered here in wrenching detail. (Jan.)
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