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Memoirs Of A Fortunate Jew

Dan Vittorio Segre

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Prose: non-fiction, Jewish studies

Third reprint of memoirs that have not ceased to fascinate since the first edition. Winner of H.H. Wingate Prize for Non-Fiction, 1987

''Taut and illuminating' memorable' written with the humility of he who confesses himself and with the honesty of he who bore witness.''

Primo Levi

''Luminous, almost light-hearted, autobiography about a family of Italian Jews under Mussolini.'' Frederic Raphael, Sunday Times

Segre tells the story of his childhood and adolescence in Mussolini's Italy. Nurtured in a world of aristocratic privilege, he emerged naive and unprepared for the realities that awaited him. The crash of 1929 and the introduction of Mussolini's anti-Jewish laws saw him on the boat to Tel Aviv, a rare immigrant with a first-class ticket, jacket, silk tie and detachable linen collar, thrust into the pioneering culture of Palestine in the 1930s. Segre explores the pathos and contradictions of such situations with a keen sense of irony which lifts the book out of the world of memoirs and into the realm of literature.

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Dan Vittorio Segre

Born in Italy in 1922, Dan Vittorio Segre now lives back at the family home near Turin, pursuing his dual career as journalist and academic. He recently helped found the Institute for Mediterranean Studies at the Italian University of Lugano, Switzerland.

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