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By Erika Gottlieb

changing into My Mother’s Daughter: a narrative of Survival and Renewal tells the tale of 3 generations of a Jewish Hungarian kin whose destiny has been inextricably certain up with the turbulent heritage of Europe, from the 1st global warfare during the Holocaust and the communist takeover after international conflict II, to the family’s dramatic get away and emmigration to Canada. The emotional centre and narrative voice of the tale belong to Eva, an artist, dreamer, and author attempting to paintings via her advanced and deep dating together with her mom, whose portrait she can't paint till she completes her trip via reminiscence.

The center of the booklet is Eva’s riveting recollection of the final months of worldwide conflict II in Budapest, obvious via a child’s eyes, and is reminiscent in its strength of scenes in pleasure Kogawa’s Obasan . Exploring the bond among generations of moms and daughters, the booklet illustrates the fight among the necessity for independence and the hunt for continuity, the numerous impression of adolescence on grownup existence, the reshaping of character in immigration, the significance of desires in making us face fact, and the redemptive energy of reminiscence. Illustrations via the writer in the course of the ebook, a few in color, increase the tale.

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There’s no doubt the doctor is in earnest. He feels he has done Eva a great service with his diagnosis. In the summer she goes with the same physical problems to another doctor, a woman this time. Her office is on the top floor of a new medical building. Everything in it has the dazzling gleam of white enamel or the sophisticated sheen of stainless steel. She starts by taking down Eva’s family history. ” “She had many illnesses. ” The interview is more difficult than she expected. Then the doctor reaches the next category.

He is Renée’s son from her first marriage. I entertain them all by improvising games, or writing plays that we all act together. ’ “I’m twelve at the time. “One day we decide to go to the municipal swimming pool on the island, all of us, Heidi, Agnes, Bandi, and I. Bandi is between fourteen and fifteen, a spoiled, handsome, mischievous young boy. While we’re playing in the pool, he pushes me down and holds me under the water so long I almost drown. When finally he lets go of me, I’m gasping for air.

Her pale, impressive face viciously distorted, her beautiful auburn bangs all out of place, suddenly she raises her impeccably manicured hand and without warning slaps my face hard. “I run downstairs crying, across the road and straight into Father ’s wood-panelled office on the main floor of the furniture store. ’ The mark of her fingers must still be on my face. Father rises from his desk. He’s turned white and very silent. He says nothing, he just stands up, walks over to the apartment house with a heavy stride, marches upstairs, opens the door with his key, walks up to this sophisticated socialite dressed in the latest Parisian fashion, the way she always is, and gives her an enormous slap on the face.

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