Albertine Gaur shares with the reader her childhood memories of the period just before, and during, the Second World War in Austria, her homeland. She relives this time of great social and political upheaval, depicting it through the eyes of a childhood as she passes from infancy to adolescence. It is a unique story, full of naive poignancy, told with a poetic simplicity which helps us have a better understanding of how "events" were seen and interpreted by a young person, struggling with the many diverse problems of "growing up". Incidentally, the book gives us an insight into child psychology and how children came to terms with fear, horror and violence but were to bear the scars of the trauma throughout their lives. It is a moving narrative, individual but, at the same time, universal in its appeal. She relates a personal drama, often with tragic implications, in which the characters are "ordinary people" but who, in their different ways, portray the very passions and emotions which motivate society. To read about it is an enriching experience.
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(230mm x 174mm x mm)
Publisher: Intellect Books
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Author Biography - Albertine Gaur
Albertine Gaur was born and raised in Austria, before moving to England in 1955. She has worked for the British Museum and as Deputy Director of the British Library. Albetine has written a number of books on topics including women's studies and the history and practice of writing.