L'Affaire Rossano

L'Affaire Rossano

by William Kerwin

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With its Kerouacian countercultural feel, this memoir's tone embodies an era of lost innocence after surviving the abuse of an internment camp and struggling to rediscover freedom. This is the story of the road taken. It describes a journey filled with many faces blending into a kaleidoscope of love, sex and a time to be remembered. From the amber lights of Paris's coming of age to the neon nights of Broadway, it was living life to the fullest and oh, the blurred lines...

Blurred lines and secret lives shined, opulent in the darkness, magnificently hidden within New York's 1950's sexually free Greenwich Village. Fifteen years earlier, Europeans were freed from the gates of hell. Freedom it was, "Rossanos" we were, for many knew not our own names. We traveled the world... free to be alive. Paris, Rome, Brussels, London... all of Europe was a playground for this vagabond "Rossano." A ship, a voyage, America – the arches of Ellis Island welcomed me. With all the strength and virility of a young man, I found my solace, my refuge. At 27, I preserved my early adulthood in this memoir. It's been over forty more years of life in Hollywood – but I'll never forget the neon nights... on Broadway.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156901586
Publisher: Abacus Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/12/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 157
File size: 211 KB

About the Author

I was born in Poland to a Jewish mother. I saw very little of my father. One day, the summer was gone and Nazis came. Unbearable loneliness among the many interned, and forever silent about what truly happened behind the barbed wire. Finally, just before the Russians arrived… I can still see within my mind’s eye those final days, the silent panic. The only sound, American Soldiers waving with arms…the words they were shouting; we did not really absorb … “Before the Russians come.”

The Americans came and rescued me, young a boy, and the remaining, mostly boys and some older people. I can still see the solider helping me onto a truck and the ham and cheese sandwich he gave me.

Even after the American’s came that loneliness never left. From there I was a vagabond, a boy of war finding adulthood on his own, Paris, Rome, Brussels and finally America. New York City in the 1950’s was amazing. I shared life and the stage with many … before leaving for another lifetime in Hollywood.

America and my career in Hollywood, allowed me to meet many remarkable people. All while living far, far away from Zwickau and the internment camp. Survival is the best revenge…

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