Haim Vitali Sadacca, who wrote and published poetry in Turkish in his younger years, now composes poetry only in Ladino, his beloved ancestral language. The poems in the book, chosen by the author himself, express the universal aspirations of the human soul for love, affection, compassion, generosity, peace and harmony. Flowing in rhyme and rhythm, they reveal Sadacca s skill as a poet and his mastery of the Ladino language. The unique collection is further distinguished with English translations, prepared especially for this book, by the late David F. Altabe, himself an accomplished poet in Ladino and English. Sadacca s poems have appeared in publications worldwide, in Ladino only, including Sephardic journals such as 'Shalom' (Istanbul), 'El Amanaser' (Istanbul), 'Los Muestros' (Brussels), 'La Lettre Sepharade' (Paris and Washington), 'Sefaraires' (Buenos Aires), as well as on 'Ladinokomunita,' the Ladino-language Internet discussion group with over 1,000 members. Sadacca s poems have also been read on the air, worldwide, in Sephardic and Ladino programs such as 'Radio Exterior de España' and 'Kol Israel Radio'.
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Haim Vitali Sadacca was born in 1919 in Chanakkale, Turkey, where he had his elementary schooling. As there was no secondary school in this city, in 1933 his parents sent him to Istanbul. There he studied at the Haydarpasha Lycée and two years at the Ecole Saint Benoît for French language classes. Haim Vitali Sadacca wrote poems in Turkish as a student in Istanbul, where his poetry appeared in local publications. Now, his passion is to paint, and write poetry, expressing his thoughts and emotions in Ladino, his beloved ancestral language. An accountant who started his own business in 1947, Sadacca retired in 1990 to be near his children, one of whom lives in New York and the other in Canada. Since then, he and his wife, Janet, reside six months of the year in Montreal, and the remainder in Florida and Istanbul.
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Book Description Foundation for Sephardic Studies, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. in ladino & english edition. 126 pages. 8.90x5.90x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1886857113