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by Susan Varga

  • ISBN: 0957780036
  • Category: Europe
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Susan Varga
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bruce Sims Books (October 10, 2000)
  • Pages: 304
  • ePub book: 1507 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1485 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 469

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In telling her mother's story Susan Varga also tells her own. As a tiny baby she barely survived the Holocaust, in hiding in a Hungarian village with her sister and her mother, Heddy

In telling her mother's story Susan Varga also tells her own. As a tiny baby she barely survived the Holocaust, in hiding in a Hungarian village with her sister and her mother, Heddy. Neither pain or the devastation of this time lessened Heddy's will to go on and re. "Heddy and Me" spans the twentieth century and some of its great upheavals: war, the Holocaust, immigration. In telling her mother's story Susan Varga also tells her own.

Heddy and Me is a seamless narrative. The book is a quietly dramatic tightrope walk which goes back and forth between different cultures and generations. Varga’s story of her mother and grandmother’s life in Hungary before and during the Nazi era is written with a classic simplicity and effortless flow that belie the difficulties of shifting between generations, between past and present, crossing between one group of relatives to another, juxtaposing personal experience with historical record and maintaining the impression of a continuous dialogue between mother. Varga says of her mother: Heddy’s face is bleak and pinched once the tape is turned off.

Susan Varga's, Heddy and me, was first published back in 1994, so why am I reading it now? .

Susan Varga's, Heddy and me, was first published back in 1994, so why am I reading it now? By a rather circuitous route, as it happens. A particularly fascinating part of Varga’s book is the picture she paints of Hungarian society before, during and after the war. I learnt a lot, for example, about Budapest – its vibrant pre-war culture and life, albeit a life that, for its Jewish inhabitants, had its paradoxes.

Susan Varga was born in Hungary and came to Australia when she was five years old. She has worked as a teacher, in film and . Heddy and Me", her first book, won the 1994 Christina Stead Award for phy. She has worked as a teacher, in film and video, as an arts administrator and radio journalist. It was shortlisted for three other awards and has been translated into German and Hungarian.

Susan Varga was an infant when the Holocaust struck Hungary.

Heddy and Me spans the twentieth century and some of its great upheavals: war, the Holocaust, immigration. Susan Varga was an infant when the Holocaust struck Hungary.

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Published 1994 by Penguin Books in Ringwood, Victoria. Jews, Persecutions, Ethnic relations, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Holocaust survivors, Biography. Susan Varga (1943-), Heddy Varga (1916-). Hungary, Budapest, Australia, Budapest (Hungary).

"Heddy and Me" spans the twentieth century and some of its great upheavals: war, the Holocaust, immigration.

In telling her mother's story Susan Varga also tells her own. As a tiny baby she barely survived the Holocaust, in hiding in a Hungarian village with her sister and her mother, Heddy. Neither pain or the devastation of this time lessened Heddy's will to go on and recreate her life in Australia.

Comments

Iaran Iaran
This is a powerful and beautifully written account of a Hungarian Jewish woman's successful attempt to save herself and her two children from being killed by the Nazis. In some respects, it is similar to Louis Begley's "Wartime Lies," but it is also the story of a child's uneasy relationship with her mother--and, finally, a story about an immigrant family in Australia. This book won a major award when it was first published in Australia two decades ago. It deserves to be better known in the U.S.
Gir Gir
Susan is an wonderful writer. I felt I was right there and with each page I was getting to closer to knowing her characters in a warm and intimate way.

The incredible inventiveness of her grandmother in such terrifying circumstances and the tenacity of Heddy as a new mother in war torn Hungary is very real. The bizarre transition from the easy living, joyful days in Heddy's youth to that other world where one can't believe what is happening and can't imagine the worst that was to come is underlined with incredulity and vulnerability.

Susan's telling of early life in Australia as a bewildered young woman caught between her parents' nightmarish past and teenage life as a 'New Australian' left me wanting to know more.

I found it difficult to put this book down.