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The Girl with the Leica

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Helena Janeczek’s novel ‘The Girl with the Leica’ (published by Europa Editions) was released in German on March 2, 2020.

March 2, 2020 saw the release of  Helena Janeczek’s novel ‘The Girl with the Leica’, based on the extraordinary life of Gerda Taro (1910–1937).
In 1997, an old suitcase was discovered in Mexico, containing three shoeboxes filled with negatives that had been assumed to be lost. This moment marked the rediscovery of a photographer named Gerda Taro. Born in Stuttgart, she escaped Nazi Germany by fleeing to Paris, where she met Robert Capa. Together, they set out to document the Spanish Civil War – an assignment that would cost Taro her life. Tens of thousands attended her funeral in Paris. Robert Capa, Louis Aragon and Pablo Neruda led the procession of mourners. Who was this unusual young woman who had become the world’s first female war photographer to die in the field?
In her award-winning novel, Helena Janeczek offers a fictionalised account of the photographer’s life, creating a literary monument that goes far beyond a retelling of facts. ‘The Girl with a Leica’ was first published in Italy in 2017, where it quickly became bestseller and was honoured with the prestigious Premio Strega literary award.

For the English version visit Europa Editions

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