Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
When the son of a Yugoslav family exiled in Argentina goes to Ljubljana to study at the university, he is confronted with something he could never face before: his father's record as a Nazi collaborator. When the son arrives at the university, the students who know about his parentage refuse to shake his hand, and he still avoids facing the truth until he becomes attracted to a young woman and realizes he has to know about this part of his family's history. A classmate then takes him to the church and shows him incontrovertible evidence of the atrocity committed there at the end of the war. Overwhelmed by the truth, he goes back to Argentina to get the full story from his uncle -- no matter what. He confronts his uncle at a garden party and does not give up hounding him until the man, drunk and beyond reason, tells the young man the story of the massacre. Bereft of his heritage by his father's complicity in that act, he searches for where to turn, where to go, to find a place where he belongs.
atrocity, classmate, collaborator, exile, family-secrets, massacre, Nazism, ostracism, university