A Piece of Me: My Childhood in Wartime Bavaria

A Piece of Me: My Childhood in Wartime Bavaria

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Overview

Introduction by Andrew Solomon

As a young girl growing up in the ’40s on a vast estate near Munich, Trixi Ost lives a life that is charmed by talent and privilege yet scarred by turbulent times. She enjoys the attentions of a beloved grandfather who sings her songs and holds forth in Latin, the pig and the deer she keeps as pets, and a wide freedom to roam. But everyday routine is swiftly upended as the estate becomes temporary home to an unlikely collection of people displaced by the war: distant relatives, forced laborers, Prussian royals, Polish peasants, generals, and even a few spies. One bright afternoon, a band of Easterners arrive: “The farm community gathered…staring rigidly at the approaching strangers in their desiccated floral colors, the skin of their faces gaunt and gray like dusty paper…. Who were they? Where were they coming from on this June day? Dachau, breathed the young man who led them, almost inaudibly.”

Rendered with insight, humor, and an acute visual lyricism, and sprinkled with fairy tales, rhymes, and family photographs, My Father’s House is a unique exploration of the powers of sense memory and of a little-known chapter in the history of German private life.

Style icon Beatrix Ost arrived in New York in 1975 and was swiftly discovered by the New York Times as one of the city's most elegant fusions of art and fashion. She has written screenplays, produced movies and theater, and acted in films and on the stage. She lives in New York City and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933527918
Publisher: Turtle Point Press
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Andrew Solomon ix

Part 1

Letters 3

Voyage 25

Part 2

Breath of a Mouse 35

Hunger 47

Grandfather's Extravagances 65

Screaming from on High 75

Anita's Love 79

More on the Königs 85

Coffee and Elegance 91

Sepp-A True Fairy Tale 111

Bavarian Blues 117

Jitterbug 127

Secrets 133

Heaven and Hell 145

The Taste of Salt 153

I Bit My Tongue 167

Intelligence and Tenderness 175

Step rrRight Up 191

God 197

Goddesses 217

A Parcel of Land 229

Part 3

Espionage 237

Tales of Parting 243

Predictions 263

A Long Walk 271

Acknowledgments 279

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