A Cross and a Star

A Cross and a Star


Marjorie Agosín
Memoirs of a Jewish Girl in Chile

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Publication Date: 09-01-1997

Translated by Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman
Foreword by Laura Riesco

"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 tattooed 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’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." —Isabel Allende, author of The House of the Spirits

"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." —Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

"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." —Sara Paretsky, creator of the V.I. Warshawski detective novels