Event Alpenstadt Chur
Book in the afternoon with Milena Caderas
Three women, three generations, a pressing question ...
Heidi becomes pregnant during the Second World War and marries Hermann, with whom she builds up a flourishing real estate business in Chur. The daughter Miranda later works as a receptionist at the Hotel Schweizerhof on Lenzerheide and only has a daughter, Zusa, at an advanced age. Since the child's father, a seasonal worker, has made herself out of the dust, she raises Zusa alone. Zusa, on the other hand, struggles as a young adult to find her place in professional life, and even in love she is denied happiness.
Then Zusa discovers the truth about her grandfather through a chance find at her grandmother's retirement home – Hermann was not Miranda's biological father! Zusa goes in search of her Polish grandfather and travels to Warsaw specifically for this purpose – but in the process she encounters a number of difficulties ...
The novel deals with the history of the interned Poles in Switzerland. Relations with local women were officially forbidden to them, but there were still contacts and not a few "Polish children".
Milena Caderas was born in Domat/Ems in 1979. She studied contemporary history bilingually at the University of Fribourg. Later she worked as an editor for various Swiss daily and weekly newspapers, including "Südostschweiz", and reported mainly on political and social issues. Milena Caderas attended several courses in creative writing, especially with Michèle Minelli and Peter Höner. She is currently completing further training as an information scientist at the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons. The present work is Milena Caderas' novel debut. The author lives in Chur.
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