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Split: A Novel Tekijä: Alida Bremer
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Split: A Novel (vuoden 2024 painos)

Tekijä: Alida Bremer (Tekijä), Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (Kääntäjä)

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Nazis, spies, romance, and murder collide in prewar eastern Europe in a mesmerizing historical novel by the award-winning author of Oliva's Garden. It's 1936. The seaside-resort village of Split on the Adriatic coast bustles. The tourist spots are booming, passenger steamers dot the harbor, and Jewish emigres have found tenuous refuge from persecution. But as war in Europe looms, Split is also a nest of spies, fascists, and smugglers-and now, a locale suspiciously scouted by a German Reich film crew. Then one summer morning it becomes the scene of a murder investigation when a corpse is found entangled in fishing nets in the port. With so many suspects from all walks of life and with a myriad of motives at a time when tensions are boiling over, crime superintendent Mario Bulat has only rumors to follow. Political archrivals will take advantage of the crime. Local lovers will become embroiled in it. And a propagandist filmmaker will find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. War is coming, and for some in Split, it's already here.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:SWade0126
Teoksen nimi:Split: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Alida Bremer (Tekijä)
Muut tekijät:Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (Kääntäjä)
Info:Amazon Crossing (2024), 271 pages
Kokoelmat:Memoirs
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The year the covid fiasco began, my family had a big tripped planned to Croatia, with Split on the itinerary. Needless to say, the trip got canceled and we were all disappointed.

When I came across the novel, I was immediately interested. If I couldn’t visit Split, I could at least read about it. The story covers Split during the time before World War II and there seems to be an abundance of differing political views. Then suddenly a dead man turns up in a fishing net.

A police investigation ensues and readers will meet nearly every resident in the village. That is to say, there are many characters in the story and it was difficult to keep track of them. Add to that, each person had their own political opinions and prejudices towards other people.

Amidst all this, the Germans were entering their village and many of the people felt there were spies from just about every corner of the world living among them.

I must admit, I found the book less than enjoyable, hard to follow and hopefully not representative of Split today.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Crossing for allowing me to read a copy of the book. ( )
  tamidale | Jan 19, 2024 |
1936 Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia is teeming with individuals of various ethnicities and political proclivities. Having come off the Great War and seemingly heading toward another, there are Croats, Serbs, Italians, Mulims, Jews, refugees, locals who smuggle them, Fascist supporters of Mussolini, Communists, Nazis, a German film crew making Nazi propaganda. Josip Broz, known as Tito, is preparing from abroad for his eventual ascension as leader of the country.

During one hot week, a murder is committed and it is up to Superintendent Mario Bulat to sort through all the possible suspects to find the guilty party. As he searches, the reader is introduced to various residents of Split as well as their political leanings.

This translated historical fiction/mystery is not a typical read. The former Yugoslavia was a mingling of various southern Slavic peoples and that mixture is realistically portrayed. The mystery takes a back seat to all the political machinations going on at that time. There are a lot of historical facts noted and those unfamiliar with them may find themselves Googling for more information.

There are a lot of characters and they are all listed and described in a preface to the chapters. I thought I might lose track of who was who, but there was enough repetition of main players that I caught on to who was who quickly.

The writing is beautifully descriptive and detailed, portraying the charm and allure of the city, as well as its people and its cuisine. This book is not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to #netgalley and #amazoncrossing @amazonpublishing for the ARC ( )
  vkmarco | Nov 5, 2023 |
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Nazis, spies, romance, and murder collide in prewar eastern Europe in a mesmerizing historical novel by the award-winning author of Oliva's Garden. It's 1936. The seaside-resort village of Split on the Adriatic coast bustles. The tourist spots are booming, passenger steamers dot the harbor, and Jewish emigres have found tenuous refuge from persecution. But as war in Europe looms, Split is also a nest of spies, fascists, and smugglers-and now, a locale suspiciously scouted by a German Reich film crew. Then one summer morning it becomes the scene of a murder investigation when a corpse is found entangled in fishing nets in the port. With so many suspects from all walks of life and with a myriad of motives at a time when tensions are boiling over, crime superintendent Mario Bulat has only rumors to follow. Political archrivals will take advantage of the crime. Local lovers will become embroiled in it. And a propagandist filmmaker will find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. War is coming, and for some in Split, it's already here.

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