The Tortoises (Hardcover)

By Veza Canetti, Ian Mitchell (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811214681, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2001

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Paperback (6/29/2007)

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A renowned writer and his wife live quietly in a beautiful villa outsideVienna, until the triumphant Nazis start subjecting their Jewish "hosts" to ever greater humiliations. Veza Canetti focuses on seemingly ordinary people to epitomize the horror: one flag-happy German kills a sparrow before a group of little children; another, more entrepreneurialNazi brands tortoises with swastikas to sell as souvenirs commemoratingthe Anschluss.