Beate Teresa Hanika: The Apricot Girl . btb Verlag (Hardcover, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100, Austria)

The Apricot Girl


Original Title: Das Marillenmädchen

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 256 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-442-75705-3
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: btb

Date of publication: September 12, 2016
This title is available.


Rights sold to: France (Les Escales), Italy (Piemme), The Netherlands (Cargo/De Bezige Bij), Norway (Memo), Spain (Suma/PRH)

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Beate Teresa  Hanika - The Apricot Girl


An apricot tree. A tortoise called Hitler. And an old house in Vienna full of memories.

Elisabetta lives a secluded life in her Vienna childhood home. Ever since she was a young girl in the 1940s, she has been preserving apricot jam from the fruits of the tree in her garden. She keeps one glass from every year, just like she keeps her memories awake: Her glamourous older sisters who would sunbathe in the garden, admired by the neighbor’s boys, her mother’s beautiful singing, and her father’s gifts – little things he would extract for her from the pockets of his doctor’s coat. And then the day when everything changed, when her parents and her sisters were taken away by the SS and the girl was left behind, her only companion being the turtle her father gave her shortly before he left, and whom they mockingly named Hitler. And her sister’s voices also stayed with her, commenting everything she does.

When young Pola moves into the room Elisabetta rents out, the old woman’s routines are being challenged. Pola, a passionate dancer, struggles with her own past – her love for her soul mate Rachel and a terrible event that binds her to Elisabetta. And yet, a gentle companionship starts to form between the two women.

"A moving and tragic tale of life and friendship, managing to break with all the stereotypes of the Holocaust and its aftermath within literature."

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