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Requiem for a Country is a story about just one man, but it is also a history lesson on a generation and its century.
The Last Exile, a 2009 memoir, was his first title written in English. His second one, Requiem for a Country, completed on his 90th birthday, is about the dissolution of what used to be a harmonious coexistence of multiethnic people of Yugoslavia, as well as about the destruction of Sephardic life in Bosnia.
Requiem for a Country is a fascinating story, one full of insight into the rapidly receding past. This is also an informative book, which a history professor might assign to stimulate research and discussion in a course on Eastern Europe, Cold War, Mussolini’s racial laws and the current controversy over the saving of Jews in Italy, and other topics related to WWII.
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