The Tortoises (Paperback)

By Veza Canetti, Ian Mitchell (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811216968, 244pp.

Publication Date: June 29, 2007

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/17/2001)

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A renowned writer and his wife live quietly in a beautiful villa outside Vienna, 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 entrepreneurial Nazi brands tortoises with swastikas to sell as souvenirs commemorating the Anschluss.