The Lion and the Swastika is a story of the brutalities of war brought home to a young girl by the fall of Mussolini in 1943 and the consequent Nazi occupation of the entire Veneto region. This is also a romantic story set against the backdrop of terrible war and of a beautiful ancient city - Venice, fascinating in all seasons, from the flowering of spring to the winter magic of snow and high tide. But it is also the story of the awakening of a young woman to the cruelty in the world and the necessity of taking radical action in defense of her ideals and the freedom of her beloved country. In Venice the emblem of the winged Lion of Saint Mark, for centuries the symbol of the glorious Venetian Republic, is still the symbol of the unyielding Venetian people. story, based on my own experience, is one told here to inspire those who fight for love and freedom.
|Sold by:||LULU PRESS|
|File size:||673 KB|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book describes life in Venice, Italy during World War II. I learned so many things from this story. Although it is a novel, it is very autobiographical, because the author experienced these things firsthand as a young girl. I had no idea that the partisans played such a defining role in the outcome of the war in this region. More needs to be written about this. Anna Bruni Benson has done a great service, in putting this information out there for the world to know. An exciting read. The only flaw that I could find with the book was that it could have been edited a little more carefully. But odd things seem to happen when a book is formatted for e-readers, which might be the case here. I couldn't put the book down! We need more from this author!