The Tortoises by Veza Canetti

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Spare, dark, and cinematic, The Tortoises describes life in the Nazi reign of terror.

A renowned writer and his wife live quietly in a beautiful villa outside Vienna, until the triumphant Nazis start subjecting their Jewish "hosts" to ever greater humiliations. Veza Canetti focuses on seemingly ordinary people to epitomize the horror: one flag-happy German kills a sparrow before a group of little children; another, more entrepreneurial Nazi brands tortoises with swastikas to sell as souvenirs commemorating the Anschluss.

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Veza Canetti (1897-1963) was born in Vienna. With the rise of Fascism, she and her husband Elias Canetti, winner of the Nobel Prize for Fiction, left Vienna for Paris, and then finally settled in London in 1939.
Published November 1, 2001 by New Directions. 224 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Austria during the Nazi Anschluss is the setting for The Tortoises, by Veza Canetti (1897-1963), wife of writer Elias Canetti.

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