Last week’s book was about identity; the identity as a woman and as a citizen of a country. This week’s read is also about identity but from a slightly different point of view.
The next literary destination in my reading challenge Around Europe in 14 Books is Poland and the book I chose is Hanna Krall’s Chasing the King of Hearts. It’s a novel about the Holocaust, therefore the identity question revolves around being Jewish. Interestingly, Krall herself has survived the war by hiding in a cupboard.
This is, as far as I remember, my second Holocaust book after Anne Frank’s diary. I’ve read some other works in which World War II featured in the background but never from the point of view of the victims. I admit that war novels are not among my favourites, so I was afraid that this Polish read would put me off with depressing or graphic details. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.
Read the previous posts:
#1: Ireland – How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern
#2: Iceland – Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
#3: Norway – Doppler by Erlend Loe
#4: Denmark – This Should Be Written in the Present Tense by Helle Helle
#5: Sweden – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
#6: Finland – The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
#7: Russia – Homo Zapiens by Victor Pelevin
#8: Ukraine – Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex by Oksana Zabuzhko