Germaine W. Shames You, Fascinating You

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You, Fascinating You

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In the final weeks of 1938, in the shadow of Kristallnacht and imminent war, a heartsick Italian maestro wrote a love song called "Tu Solamente Tu." Its lyrics lamented his forced separation from his wife, the Hungarian ballerina Margit Wolf, in the wake of Mussolini's edict banishing foreign Jews from Italy. The song, first recorded by Vittorio de Sica in 1939, catapulted to the top of the Hit Parade and earned its composer the moniker "the Italian Cole Porter." The German version, "Du Immer Wieder Du," would be performed by Zarah Leander, the foremost film star of the German Reich, and its English counterpart, "You, Fascinating You," by the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. Twenty-two years would pass before the maestro and his ballerina again met face-to-face. You, Fascinating You begins as a backstage romance and ends as an epic triumph of the human spirit. Editor's Choice, Historical Novel Society: "FAULTLESS."

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To tell all the stories that transit my imagination, I would need a hundred lifetimes. My novels have each taken years to complete. You, Fascinating You has consumed fully one-tenth of my life. Its seed was planted more than twenty years ago, when I first met Cesare Frustaci.
Reflecting later upon that meeting, I identified Cesare's defining feature: regardless of where he made his home he was unplaceable. He spoke with an accent, not Hungarian exactly, but not Italian either. Unlike his fellow émigrés, he had no wistful memories of Hungary, no desire to return.
I remember sharing a meal with him in a restaurant. There was something about the way he ate I had never before observed: although his table manners could not have been more refined, he appeared to be starving. Immediately upon finishing a course, he would signal the waitress and order a second helping--only to cancel the order moments later.
As we got to know each other, details of his childhood began to emerge--the malnutrition he suffered during World War II, the "shoes" he fashioned for himself from horses' feedbags, the corpses alongside which he would awaken each morning... He seemed to be describing the perils of an orphaned waif abandoned to his fate, yet he was the son of Pasquale Frustaci (aka "the Italian Cole Porter"), a composer and conductor whose star, while the war cast Europe into darkness, had never shone brighter. How then, from the age of seven, did Cesare end up alone on the battlefronts of provincial Hungary in the midst of the worst carnage the world has known?
The answer would arrive in my mailbox fifteen years later: a videotaped oral history Cesare contributed to Yale University. It told the story of his mother Margit Wolf, a Jewish ballerina who fell in love with a dashing Italian maestro and bore him a son--a ballerina who inspired a timeless love song only to fade from history without a trace. I sat riveted, as if hearing the libretto of a classic ballet or opera, but this was memory--the memory of a hungry boy searching for his parents.
Why this story? Because it gripped my heart and would not let go. Because I lay awake nights thinking of Margit Wolf and hearing "You, Fascinating You" broadcast through my pillow. Because this is what great stories do: make us care.

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"A love story reminiscent of that of my grandparents.  I could not put it down."            
-Kinga Nijinsky 
 
"Germaine Shames' beautiful depiction of the life of Margit Wolf and Pasquale Frustaci is told with such vivid and haunting detail, it's as if the reader is propelled back in time to witness a devastating journey of shattered dreams, juxtaposed with the strength and courage of the human heart. A tragic story, beautifully written."
 -Susan Jaffe, "America's quintessential ballerina" 
 
"Germaine paints a vivid and accurate portrait of the world of ballet in pre and post-war Europe.  The epic drama expected on the ballet stage is dwarfed by the tragic real life events of her ballerina heroine, Margit Wolf.  Penetrating descriptions of political brutality and the prepossession of romantic love, an ever present theme in classical ballet, make for a page-turning, impelling read."
 -Janet Panetta, Ballet Master Tanztheater Pina Bausch
 
"Shames captures the essence of a ballerina with such expertise in her riveting story.  Dancers succeed by creating beauty from effort; this book, too, shows that exquisite art can be made from history's hardships."   Elana Altman, soloist dancer, San Francisco Ballet
 
"An epic story and a true story.  This woman's life is the kind of character journey that makes for great movies."   -Howard Allen, "the Script Doctor"
 
"Compelling, heart-wrenching and heroic!" -Jim Bencivenga, Christian Science Monitor

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