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Train To Budapest

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1956: Amara, a young Italian journalist, is sent to report on the growing political divide between East and West in post-war central Europe. She also has a more personal mission: to find out what happened to Emanuele, her childhood friend and soulmate from pre-war Florence. Emanuele and his family were Jews transported by the Nazis from wartime Vienna. So she visits the Ho ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Arcadia Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Claudia Sesto
"Sembrava che lui mi fissasse....col suo sguardo dilatato e immenso che avvolgeva, condannava, esecrava tutto l'universo. Mi sembrò di sentire quel grido sussurrato: Che orrore! Che orrore!."
E' la storia di Amara che va in cerca, nell'immediato dopo guerra, del suo amico d'infanzia Emanuele Orestain, il bambino che tanto lei ha amato nella sua Firenze, da piccoli giocavano, andavano in bici, erano ghiotti delle buonissime ciliegie, ma un giorno del 1939, i genitori del piccolo decidono di rientr
Train to Budapest (Italian: Il treno dell’ultima notte, literally “The Train of the Last Night”) chronicles the journey of a young Italian journalist through the post-war gloom of Eastern Europe in 1956. She’s looking for her long-lost childhood love Emanuele, a boy of Austrian Jewish descent who disappeared during the war, leaving behind a bundle of love letters that constantly remind her of what could have been. Her search seems doomed from the start as she faces border guards and long train ...more
John Keahey
Dacia Maraini is one of Italy's foremost writers. This story is a remarkable vehicle for discussing the human impact of the Holocaust at a time more than a decade after the war ended, and in the context of the Hungarian uprising against the Soviet domination of 1956. Maraini's protagonist, an Italian journalist, is searching for a childhood friend who had been sent to Auschwitz. The experience is told through letters he wrote to her and, later, in a journal he wrote for her that he hid in a wall ...more
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In the beginning I wasn't convinced--it launches directly into the plot with very little exposition. In the beginning I found myself too puzzled by who Amara was, how old she was, and what her connection to this Emanuele was to enjoy it. But soon the author feeds you bits about Amara's background little by little, and an off-hand comment might give you a sudden insight into Amara's background and the situation.

The book includes a great deal of historical detail, with first-person perspectives fr
Maria Grazia
Se devo paragonare questo libro a un altro, l'unica cosa che mi viene in mente è "Il signore degli anelli". Non perché sia un fantasy, tutt'altro, ma per la sua struttura, per il modo in cui si sviluppa la narrazione.
In altre parole si tratta di una "cerca", con la giovane Amara che parte sulle orme del suo piccolo compagno di infanzia, Emanuele, inghiottito dall'orrore nazista, e sulla sua strada si forma una compagnia, del tutto improbabile, formata da uno stravagante apolide, un improbabile b
In questo libro la Maraini racconta una storia che puo essere propiamente un romanzo storico ma è anche una storia d'innocenza persa. La storia si svolge nella Europa dopo guerra, immersa tra le confusione e incertezza della Guerra Fredda mentre Amara cerca di trovare al suo compagno d'infanzia.

Amara e suoi compagni erano a Budapest quando scoppiò la rivoluzione il 23 Ottobre 1956 è per questo la sua ricerca si ferma per un istante. La ricerca che l'autore fa sul questo periodo della storia è no
An interesting idea, but very didactically written. I'm not sure what the author's aims were with this book. A lot of historical information given in the form of very unlikely "conversation" - a bit turgid, but maybe it reads better in the original. I liked the characters however and especially the Budapest section was quite gripping.
interessante e scorrevole sino a circa meta' anche se le pretese di documentazione storica stridono un po' con lo stile troppo polpettoso e melodrammatico. A tratti l'ho trovato fastidiosamente didascalico (possibile che nel dopoguerra una giornalista inviata per documentare la guerra fredda non sappia nulla dell'invasione tedesca in russia e debba farsela spiegare per filo e per segno?!). Oltre la meta' ho trovato continue fastidiose incongruenze che mi hanno disturbato.

Buona l'idea di base, d
In 1956 an Italian journalist travels to Central Europe in search of information about her childhood sweetheart who may have perished in the Holocaust. During her journey, she meets up with a number of survivors from World War II and the early Cold War, all of whom tell their stories. The author does a good job of weaving history, philosophy, and fiction together to create a thoughtful book, with interesting characters and a suspenseful plot.
Cármen Veloso
Personally, I haven't liked this book too much. In fact, I found it kind of boring the way how the story is told. In my opinion, it takes just too much for misteries to be solved. In the end, I almost had forgotten what was the trip supposed to. But, anyway, it is very original story, and it is a book that shows us very well how was it like to live after the World War II and how can these happenings change someone's lifestyle and personality.
Um dos melhores livros que li sobre o Holocausto. Uma jornalista italiana vai em busca de um amigo de infância, judeu que vivia em Viena na época da guerra. Muito bem escrito, tem no entanto passagens que custam muito a ler...
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Il treno dell'ultima notte
Fine crudele ma decisamente realistica. Bellissimo libro, racconta il dramma dell'Olocausto visto con gli occhi di chi l'ha vissuto tramite i racconti di un amico.
João Baptista
Gostei, pois foi um livro que me levou a viajar pela Europa no pós-guerra pelos olhos duma jornalista na procura dum amigo de infância.
Dave Schulte
Amazing story, easily makes my personal top 10 list of books I've read this past year.
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Dacia Maraini is an Italian writer. She is the daughter of Sicilian Princess Topazia Alliata di Salaparuta, an artist and art dealer, and of Fosco Maraini, a Florentine ethnologist and mountaineer of mixed Ticinese, English and Polish background who wrote in particular on Tibet and Japan. Maraini's work focuses on women’s issues, and she has written numerous plays and novels.

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