Edith Bruck

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Edith Bruck
Edith Bruck 1957.jpg
Bruck in 1957
Edit Steinschreiber

(1931-05-03) 3 May 1931 (age 91)
Occupation(s)Writer, director
Years active1959–present
SpouseNelo Risi

Edith Bruck (born 3 May 1931)[1] is a Hungarian-born writer, director and Holocaust survivor. She has lived most of her life in Italy and writes in Italian.[2]

Early life[edit]

The daughter of poor Jewish parents, she was born Edit Steinschreiber in the village of Tiszabercel near the Ukrainian border. In 1944, with her parents, two brothers and a sister, she was sent to Auschwitz, where her mother died. The family was transferred to Dachau where her father died, then to Christianstadt and finally Bergen-Belsen, where the remaining children were liberated by the Allies in 1945. One brother also died in the concentration camps. She returned to Hungary and then went to Czechoslovakia, where another sister was living with her family.[3]


In 1959, she published her autobiography Chi ti ama così, later translated as Who loves you like this (2001).[3]

In 1971, she wrote her first play, Sulla porta. Bruck was a founder of the Teatro della Maddalena theatre in Rome. From the 1970s to the 1990s, she worked for the RAI as a director and screenwriter.[2]

She has translated works by the Hungarian poets Attila József and Miklós Radnóti into Italian.[2] Her own work has been translated into other languages including Hungarian, Danish, Dutch, English and German.[4]

Personal life[edit]

When she was 16, she married Milan Grün and moved to Israel; the couple divorced the following year. She then married Dany Roth, but that marriage also ended in divorce. She next married an acquaintance named Bruck to postpone her compulsory military service; she had divorced him by the time that she was 20 but kept his surname. In 1954, Bruck moved to Rome and later married Italian writer and director Nelo Risi.[3]

Selected works[2][edit]

  • Chi ti ama così, novel (1959) (Who Loves You Like This (2001) tr. Thomas Kelso)
  • Andremo in città, short stories (1962), title story adapted as a film in 1966
  • Due stanze vuote, short stories (1974), finalist for the Strega Prize[4]
  • Per il tuo bene, play (1975)
  • Mio splendido disastro, novel (1979)
  • Lettera alla madre, epistolary novel, (1988), received the Rapallo Carige Prize[4]
  • Nuda proprietà (1993), finalist for the Strega Prize[4]
  • Il silenzio degli amanti, novel (1997)
  • L’amore offeso, novel (2002)
  • Quante stelle c’è nel cielo, novel (2009), received the Viareggio Prize, adapted to film as Anita B.


  • Improvviso, director (1979)
  • Quale Sardegna?, director (1983)
  • Fotografando Patrizia, writer (1984)
  • Altare per la madre, director (1986)
  • Per odio per amore, writer (1991)


  1. ^ Edith Bruck: Who love you like this. Philadelphia: Paul Dry Books, 2001, p. 3; Philip Balma: Edith Bruck in the Mirror. Fictional Transitions and Cinematic Narratives (Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies). West Lafayette, IN: Purdue UP, 2014, p. 2. Recently Edith Bruck claimed her birth year was often wrongly stated as 1932, while the correct year was 1931. Petrigani, Sandra (30 January 2021). "(Il Foglio, 30 gennaio 2021)". Sandra Perigani. Il Foglio. Retrieved 29 March 2021. Podcast source, minute 1:34:43
  2. ^ a b c d e "Edith Bruck". Institute of Modern Languages Research. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Bruck, Edith (1932- )". Italian Women Writers. University of Chicago Library.
  4. ^ a b c d Balma, Philip (2014). Edith Bruck in the Mirror: Fictional Transitions and Cinematic Narratives. pp. 2–10. ISBN 978-1557536877.

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