‘The Girl with the Leica’ by Helena Janeczek

Giovanni Arledler, SJ

 Giovanni Arledler, SJ / Culture / 24 September 2019

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After reading Le otto montagne (The Eight Mountains) by Paolo Cognetti, 2017 Strega Prize winner and following on the study of his novel by Matteo Nucci,[1], it was impossible to ignore Helena Janeczek, popular winner of the Strega in 2018.

The Girl with the Leica[2] presents the lives of Gerda Taro and her friends in the historical contexts of the last 80 years, which is in part the history of less youthful readers. It is a demanding read but the fruit of a narrative ability that makes space for all the suggestions and insights of her research, memory and fantasy.

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