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Ruta Tannenbaum: A Novel
by Miljenko Jergovic
translated by Stephen M. Dickey
Northwestern University Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-8101-2753-1
Library of Congress Classification PG1620.2.E74R8813 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.82354

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The novel Ruta Tannenbaum is by prolific, award-winning Croatian author Miljenko Jergovic. First published in 2006, the story illuminates life and society in Yugoslavia between the world wars. The title character was inspired by real-life figure Lea Deutsch, the now-forgotten Shirley Temple of Yugoslavia, who was murdered in the Holocaust.

Using their shared Jewish heritage as a starting point, Jergovic constructs a fictional family history populated by historical figures with the precocious Ruta at the center. Stephen Dickey’s translation masterfully captures Jergovic´’s colloquial yet deeply observed style, which animates the tangled and troubled history of persecution and war in Croatia.

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