In Pursuit of a Dream: A Time in Australia

In Pursuit of a Dream: A Time in Australia

by Alexandra Brodsky


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A vibrant and moving memoir of life in Australia and Europe in the middle of the twentieth century. "In Pursuit of a Dream" begins with a brief portrait of the author's family circumstances after the Second World War, when they were finally reunited after being forced into hiding to escape the Gestapo. This appealing personal history combines autobiography with a picture of the international situation in the middle of the twentieth century. After some time spent visiting friends and family in war-torn France and Belgium, the author and her parents obtained passes to join her brother in Australia on a jourbaney which was to change her life completely. Through her eyes we experience the sea voyage and Sydney life in the 1940s and gain an original perspective on Australia during this period. Her vivid descriptions clearly convey the impact of post-war migration, and the story of her subsequent returban to Europe and later marriage to the Australian scientist, Henry Harris, make this a most attractive and authentic cultural history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845113155
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 10/27/2006
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.85(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Brodsky is a linguist with a particular interest in the European literature, history and art of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. She is the author of Smoke Signals and A Fragile Identity: Survival in Nazi-Occupied Belgium, both published by the Radcliffe Press. She is married to a biologist and has three children.

Table of Contents

A Civilian Setting
• The Brussels Scene
• Plans and Activities
• First Time to France
• New Friends
• A Brush with Trouble
• Beginning of a Gloomy Winter
• A Fateful Decision
• Adventurous Weeks
• Settling into Different Traditions
• The Search for Other Avenues
• The Social Sphere
• Change of Face
• Strange Complications
• A Sad Outcome
• The Prophecy in Bibka's Gift
• The Hectic Pace of Life
• A Concatenation of Events
• The Tangled Web of Conscience and Emotion
• Respite After Turmoil
• Old Friends Old Haunts
• Formalities and Raised Hopes
• New Difficulties
• A Curious Development
• Vacillations
• Anxious Days
• The Journey Back
• The Serious Step
• First Days Together
• Prelude to Departure

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