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Ilma Rakusa

Publisher: Droschl


A childhood and youth in Central Europe, when this Central Europe was just being shaped with its political and cultural contours after the Second World War – in her memories Ilma Rakusa traces the young girl, the daughter of a Slovenian father and a Hungarian mother, whose stopping points in life range from a Slovakian small town to Budapest, Ljubljana, Trieste to Zurich and from there extending further to East and West, to Leningrad/Saint Petersburg and Paris. The woman who was everywhere alien, not-quite-belonging finds her home very early on in music, in piano-playing and, with the discovery of Dostoevsky, in literature, but also in motion, in being on the road, in travelling.

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