Childhood in wartime in ‘The children of Mrs. Zlatin’ by Maria LLuïsa Amorós

Introducing ‘Mrs. Zlatin’s Children’

A group of Jewish children, from various European countries, arrive in France to escape the tragedy that devastated Europe during World War II. Sabine Zlatin, a Red Cross nurse, will look after the children and find a place to take refuge until the end of the war. It is the plot of the novel Mrs. Zlatin’s children (Columna Edicions), which Maria Lluïsa Amorós (Reus, 1954) presented this Thursday at the Library.

On May 18, 1943, with the fear that someone would stop them, the children arrive at Villa Anne-Marie, a white house where the children will share the fears and longings of their parents, who left behind but will also enjoy peace. of the place, of the games near the big fountain and of the stories that Léon, an educator, tells them so that sleep can overcome them. And above all, they will rediscover the value of friendship, first love and caring for each other.

The author has translated “the story of these Jewish refugee children and everything they lived through. Their fears at night because they were children who had seen how they were taken from their parents, also their joy because children are always children, and during the day they could play, read or take classes… It is a touching story that I lived while he wrote. I went into it, as an omniscient narrator, but being one of them. I have tried to make the reader feel the same, to know the children and their experiences ”.

Maria Lluïsa Amorós, autora

At the same time, he tells the story of Octavi Verdier, a young journalist who writes a novel about the Nazi presence in Barcelona in the 1940s, which contrasts with the Barcelona subjugated by the Franco regime. During this creative process that forces him to investigate, he discovers what is hidden behind the door of the office of Gustau Verdier, his grandfather, who in 1944 came from France and bought a textile factory in Terrassa. The search will stop at Villa Anne-Marie in Izieu.

Amorós’ connection with the literary world goes hand in hand with her role as a language teacher at the institute, which lasted for almost 40 years. So, in addition to writing books, she also organizes talks to discuss them and exchange opinions. Maria Lluïsa explained that “it is very nice to talk to readers, this way you feel closer to them and you can exchange impressions. It’s something I’ve enjoyed since I started in 1986, when I published my first youth novel. Sharing it with boys and girls from high schools and schools is very enriching. ”

Maria Lluïsa Amorós, autora

Amorós made his debut as a novelist in 1986 with Poppis and Isolda, and since then he has published almost twenty titles in Catalan. The author has been awarded the Steamboat Prize in 1987 for the book That fall with Leprechaun and has been a finalist for the Ramon Llull Awards for his youth novel Mrs. Zlatin’s childrenwhich he presented this afternoon at our house.


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