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Deeply moved by the unknown story of Hurbinek, that three-year-old boy Primo Levi mentioned in "The Truce", the narrator will seek to rescue his memory from oblivion travelling to Auschwitz. A car accident will hinder him from reaching his destiny. While in hospital, he'll invent the possible lives Hurbinek might have lived had he not died in the camp.
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 23rd 2013 by Hispabooks (first published November 2nd 2002)
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n 1963 Primo Levi’s “La Tregua” (The Truce) was released, a follow up memoir to his “Se questo e un uomo” (If this Is Man), tales of his survival in Auschwitz. In “The Truce” two pages are dedicated to a 3 year old boy, Hurbinek, who died in Auschwitz in the room holding Levi, after the concentration camp was “liberated”.

50 years later (for the English translation) we have Adolfo Garcia Ortega, obsessed by that three year old boy. To such an extent that he decides to rescue his story from oblivi
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Michelle Lancaster
The Birthday Buyer
By Adolfo García Ortega
Translated by Peter Bush
Hispabooks Publishing
978-84-94174-452
$15.29, 258 pgs

This past January I climbed the stairs beyond the bookcase. It was drizzling that day; Amsterdam brooding magnificently in the chill. I had a 10-hour layover and took the train into the center of the city to visit The Anne Frank House. I was okay until I climbed that staircase. Otto Frank survived the “purifying fire;” he walked out of Auschwitz, the only member of his family to
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