The book is an expanded version of my thesis on the Jewish Australian writer Judah Waten, born in Odessa in 1911, and one of the founders of the Australian Communist Party. The study relies on Anglo-Jewish literary culture and narratives, especially diaspora story-telling. The inspiration embraces a wide spectrum of references, from Claudio Magris Lontano da dove? (Far from Where?), to Woody Allen’s comedies. The thesis took a long time to be completed, for the long time it took to get books from Australia. Judah Waten spent some days in Trieste. My thesis supervisors were Bernard Hickey, and Dario Calimani, at Ca’ Foscari. The publisher was the outstanding Indian scholar and translator, P. Lal, whom I meet in Calcutta in 2010.