Memories of imprisonment


This is a necrology, obituary notice, for Arturo Tarabusi by his brother. It’s also a report of Tarabusi’s experience as a prisoner of war in Austria-Hungary and of his escape to Romania. He includes sketches of Austrian life and remarks on the cultural differences in the Austrian Empire, that few soldiers understand each other because ‘in Austria there are a lot of dialects and languages’. Because of this Tarabusi can pass as an Austrian soldier despite his poor German. By the end of the narrative he has met an Italian-speaking officer of Fiume, now Rijeka in Croatia, who doesn’t help his escape as he had hoped. Tarabusi concludes that not all Italian-speaking Austrians were disloyal to the Empire.


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Full title:
Memories of imprisonment
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Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma