The Officers' Camp by Giampiero Carocci

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The Officers' Camp tells the story of Caro, a young officer from Florence, and his companions from the time of their capture by the advancing Germany army in the summer of 1943 until their release from a work camp almost two years later. These men seem to have stumbled into their fate: captured and transported to Germany, their lives seem almost dreamlike, and nothing stands out, except when someone is killed or disappears, or starves to death. As the months of imprisonment mount and the officers are moved farther away from their homeland - and into smaller and increasingly poorly run camps - they are reduced to mere shells of humanity, their hope preserved only by intense discussions of food and the swapping of elaborate "recipes."

About Giampiero Carocci

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George Hochfield is Professor of English, Emeritus, State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Berkeley, CA. Among the extensive publications of Leonard Nathan (1924-2007) are seventeen volumes of poetry, as well as numerous translations, prose works, and articles on poetry.
Published June 20, 1997 by Marlboro Press. 217 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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paper 0-8101-6026-9): Originally published in 1954 in Italy, this was the only novel by a respected historian who was held prisoner in a German concentration camp during WW II.

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In an introduction that basically previews the book to come, Carocci paradoxically calls his 22 months in prison ""the finest period of my life."" The facts do not bear that claim out, of course, and even ""Caro"" gets a wry, retrospective laugh out of his excitement at becoming one of the prolet...

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