A Cross and a Star
"I wish to talk about my life in an unseemly and noisy house in southern Chile and about a town with fifty Nazis and three Jewish families. . . ." In this unique memoir, Marjorie Agosín writes in the voice of her mother, Frida, who grew up as the daughter of European Jewish immigrants in Chile in the World War II era. Woven into the narrative are the stories of Frida's father, who had to leave Vienna in 1920 because he fell in love with a Christian cabaret dancer; of her paternal grandmother, who arrived in Chile later with a number tattoed on her arm; and of her great grandmother from Odessa, who loved the Spanish language so much that she repeated its harmonious sounds even in her sleep. Agosín's memoir is a moving testament to endurance and to the power of memory and of words.
Marjorie Agosín is featured in the latest wall calandar produced by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University. To get more info and to purchase a copy log onto http://www.brandeis.edu/hbi/pubs/2010authorcal.html
"A beautiful tale of fortitude, captured in filigree and song, Chilean chiaroscuro. Agosín’s poetic prose not only defines a very personal legacy of love, but gives us lovely portraiture as well."
"A passionate, fantastical, poetic book. Marjorie Agosín’s power as a poet has never been more evident. . . . In the same sentence she brings us beauty, humor, and tragedy."
"Marjorie Agosín’s poetic voice in one breath captures the astounding beauty of the southern tip of the world and the painful memories of a sensitive Jewish girl growing up among Nazi colonizers."
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