A vibrant and moving memoir of life in Australia and Europe in the middle of the twentieth century. "In Pursuit of a Dream" begins with a brief portrait of the author's family circumstances after the Second World War, when they were finally reunited after being forced into hiding to escape the Gestapo. This appealing personal history combines autobiography with a picture of the international situation in the middle of the twentieth century. After some time spent visiting friends and family in war-torn France and Belgium, the author and her parents obtained passes to join her brother in Australia on a journey which was to change her life completely. Through her eyes we experience the sea voyage and Sydney life in the 1940s and gain an original perspective on Australia during this period. Her vivid descriptions clearly convey the impact of post-war migration, and the story of her subsequent return to Europe and later marriage to the Australian scientist, Henry Harris, make this a most attractive and authentic cultural history.
Alexandra Brodsky is a linguist with a particular interest in the European literature, history and art of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. She is the author of Smoke Signals and A Fragile Identity: Survival in Nazi-Occupied Belgium, both published by the Radcliffe Press. She is married to a biologist and has three children.