The Girl With The Leica: Based On The True Story Of The Woman Behind The Name Robert Capa by Helena JaneczekThe Girl With The Leica: Based On The True Story Of The Woman Behind The Name Robert Capa by Helena Janeczek

The Girl With The Leica: Based On The True Story Of The Woman Behind The Name Robert Capa

byHelena JaneczekTranslated byAnn Goldstein

Paperback | October 18, 2019

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WINNER The Strega PrizeGerda Taro was a German-Jewish war photographer, anti-fascist activist, artist and innovator who, together with her partner, the Hungarian Endre Friedmann, was one half of the alias Robert Capa, widely considered to be the twentieth century's greatest war and political photographer. She was killed while documenting the Spanish Civil War and tragically became the first female photojournalist to be killed on a battlefield.August 1, 1937, Paris. Taro's twenty-seventh birthday, and her funeral. Friedmann, who would henceforth assume the moniker Robert Capa alone, leads the procession. He taught Taro to use a Leica. Together, they left for the Spanish Civil War to bear witness to fascist war crimes. He is devastated, but there are others, equally bereft, in the procession: Ruth Cerf, Taro's old friend from Leipzig with whom she fled to Paris; Willy Chardack, ex-lover; Georg Kuritzkes, another lover anda key figure in the International Brigades. They have all known a different Gerda, and one who is at times radically at odds with the heroic anti-fascist figure who is being mourned by the multitudes.Gerda Taro is at the heart of this kaleidoscopic novel but another of its main characters is the era itself, the 1930s, with economic depression, the rise of Nazism, hostility towards refugees in France, the century's ideological warfare, the cultural ferment, and the ascendency of photography as the age's quintessential art form. The Girl with the Leica is a must-read for fans of historical fiction centered on extraordinary women's lives.
Born in Munich in a Polish Jewish family,Helena Janeczek has been living in Italy for over thirty years. With The Girl with the Leica she has won the Strega Prize, Italy's most prestigious literary award, and was a finalist for the Campiello Prize. Ann Goldstein has translated into English all of Elena Ferrante's books, including ...
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Title:The Girl With The Leica: Based On The True Story Of The Woman Behind The Name Robert CapaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:364 pagesPublished:October 18, 2019Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1609455479

ISBN - 13:9781609455477

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Praise for The Girl with the Leica A biography; a feminist parable; a declaration of love for photography; a narrative tableau of the 1930s: The Girl with the Leica is all of this at once. Helena Janeczek worked on this book for six years. And it shows." - Il Sole 24 Ore "Helena Janeczek [ . . .] is Italy's most eclectic writer. While attentive to the narrative, she's obsessed with historical reality: The Girl with the Leica is her most beautiful book yet. In fact, each new book seems to surpass the previous one - until you realise that they are all part of the same encyclopaedia of the human experience." - L'Espresso "In The Girl with the Leica Helena Janeczek brings into focus a world of young artists, photographers, and 'intellectual refugees' caught in the storm of 20th-century history, between one war and the other. Still, her prodigious characters remain capable of happiness, vital, and 'free from everything'. Janeczek's novel perfectly reproduces their sparkling passions." - Vanity Fair "In the novel, Gerda [Taro] comes to life in the recollection of three friends who loved her. She's vital, brave, elusive yet unforgettable. The irresistible fascination she exerted on her contemporaries retains all its power today.' - Internazionale "A story of bravery and determination that leaves us breathless and with a sense of emptiness, as if we have known [Gerda Taro] personally." - Repubblica "