Return to Naples: Thirteen Summers That Changed My Life

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As a boy in the 1960s, Robert Zweig had a rare opportunity: Every summer, he would leave his home in America and make extended visits to his mother's birthplace-Naples, Italy. During each visit, he'd uncover new mysteries about the parents he thought he knew. There, he learned how his German father survived Auschwitz, came to Italy, and met his mother, and how the pair managed to survive the ravages of Fascism and Nazism during World War II.

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Overview

As a boy in the 1960s, Robert Zweig had a rare opportunity: Every summer, he would leave his home in America and make extended visits to his mother's birthplace-Naples, Italy. During each visit, he'd uncover new mysteries about the parents he thought he knew. There, he learned how his German father survived Auschwitz, came to Italy, and met his mother, and how the pair managed to survive the ravages of Fascism and Nazism during World War II.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569803516
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/25/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Walking with Nonno 7

2 Revelation in Ischia 23

3 Pasquale 37

4 You Want to Be Americano? 45

5 I Never Knew Gabriella Fabretti 63

6 Maria 85

7 Peeling Grapes and Other Mealtime Rituals 91

8 Close Encounters of the Public Kind 101

9 Aunt Lietta's House of Treasures 109

10 World Cup in Naples 119

11 The Bombola Man and Other Shopping Adventures 129

12 La Strada 143

13 Bar Mitzvah in Naples 159

14 Where Is Virgil's Tomb? 165

15 Unforgettable: Three Brief Encounters 183

16 Adventures in Appetites 193

17 Ships, a Walkway, and a Train 205

18 Return to Naples 217

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2008

    A thoroughly enjoyable read!

    Even for someone who visited Naples briefly only once many years ago, the author provided a warm reminder of what the people and the city felt and looked like. His romance with Naples clearly shines through. And his writings about his family and his summertime friends reveal aspects of Naples that are enlightening, at times humorous and always fascinating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Oustanding, fun read

    Zweig is more than a story-teller, more than a novelist, and more than a literary artist. He is a cultural historian, who in his interconnected stories, captures a place and time. Zweig writes in a similar style to Khaled Hosseini in regards to his detail and imagry. I personally found it difficult to put down...excellent read!

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