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The Heavenly Ghetto
»If only I could talk to someone, she thought, staring out into the silence, no longer able to bear the loneliness.«
Eliza is old. The tears may come, but she won’t give in to them – because the last word hasn’t been spoken yet.
Eliza can’t understand people whose only purpose in life is the pursuit of happiness. Her parents took her to Argentina before the war and she returned to Germany years later with her husband. Now she is alone. Her daughters have no time for her; her only companion is a dog. Her life may be over, but the disquiet and the questions remain. She was happy as a child. She loved her father, though she knew very little about him. At
night she watches footage of the Eichmann trial — growing more and more obsessed with the holocaust. Are lies and ignorance the requisites for happiness? This is the book’s ultimate question. A deeply melancholy novel conceived in a matter-of-fact tone. A powerful book about growing old.