Lebensborn-children, deportations of Jews, concentration camps, questions surrounding Switzerland’s neutrality in the Second World War, SS command troops and the history of Gorizia, - they all meet together in the novel Sonnenschein. Daša Drndić has written a magnificent novel about important, painful and elided themes from the Second World War, about children abducted from their parents and raised to become Arians. Through the history of one Jewish family from Gorizia, and the fate of a young woman, Haya Tedeschi, Drndić reveals misconceptions, individual failures and tragedies in which the darkest demons of the human condition are mirrored, and which have emerged repeatedly throughout the twentieth century. In her best novel to date, Sonnenschein, Daša Drndić illuminates deeply hidden parts of a personal and national history, and does so in a direct, matter-of-fact style, aided by the exceptionally skillful use of authentic documents, photographs, lists, witness testimonials and a great story about the search for the lost child.

Independent Foreign Fiction READERS Prize 2013
Kiklop Prize for the best literary work of the year 2007
Fran Galović Prize for the best novel 2007

A work of European high culture. Drndić is writing neither to entertain (her novel is splendid and absorbing nevertheless) nor to instruct (its subject, the Holocaust, is too intractable to yield lessons). She is writing to witness, and to make the pain stick.
Craig Seligman, The New York Times


Rights sold to:
Macedonia, Bata Press Millennium
Turkey, Tekin Yayınevi
Finland, Mansarda
Spain, Automática, 2015
Germany, Hoffmann und Campe, 2015
Italy, Bompiani, 2015
USA, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
France, Gallimard, 2013
United Kingdom, MacLehose Press, 2012
Slovak Republic, Kalligram, 2010
Hungary, Kalligram, 2010
Poland, Czarne, 2010
The Netherlands, De Geuss, 2010
Slovenia, Modrijan, 2009

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