"Heddy and Me" spans the twentieth century and some of its great upheavals: war, the Holocaust, immigration.
In telling her mother's story Susan Varga also tells her own. As a tiny baby she barely survived the Holocaust, in hiding in a Hungarian village with her sister and her mother, Heddy. Neither pain or the devastation of this time lessened Heddy's will to go on and recreate her life in Australia.
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Susan Varga was born in Hungary and came to Australia when she was five years old. She has worked as a teacher, in film and video, as an arts administrator and radio journalist.
"Heddy and Me", her first book, won the 1994 Christina Stead Award for biography/autobiography. It was shortlisted for three other awards and has been translated into German and Hungarian.Review:
...challenging, complex, rich, and above all, humane book. Into the process of writing it has gone great frankness and courage -- Canberra Times, 1994
The front rank of autobiographical writing -- Christina Stead Award
a seamless narrative .. written with a classic simplicity and effortless flow -- The Australian, April 1994
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140237674
Book Description Penguin Books, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140237674
Book Description Penguin Books, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140237674