'Romulus Gaita fled his home in his native Yugoslavia at the age of thirteen, and came to Australia with his young wife Christina and their infant son Raimond soon after the end of World War II.
'Tragic events were to overtake the boy’s life, but Raimond Gaita has an extraordinary story to tell about growing up with his father amid the stony paddocks and flowing grasses of country Australia.
'Written simply and movingly, Romulus, My Father is about how a compassionate and honest man taught his son the meaning of living a decent life. It is about passion, betrayal and madness, about friendship and the joy and dignity of work, about character and fate, affliction and spirituality.'
Source: Publisher's blurb (Text Publishing).
Unit Suitable For:
AC: Year 11 (English Unit 2)
The memoir of Raimond Gaita concerning his father Romulus who was an Eastern European refugee arriving in Australia following WWII. His mother was beautiful but mentally troubled and left and returned to the family on numerous occassions. The family lived on a farm in Victoria. The mother eventually kills herself, and Romulus, after being duped by a woman he was writing to in Europe and who he planned on bringing out as his new wife, goes into a downward spiral. Despite the inherent tragedy of their lives, the prevailing story is one of love and trust and honesty between father and son.