New PDF release: A Cross and a Star: Memoirs of a Jewish Girl in Chile

By Marjorie Agos­in

"I desire to speak about my lifestyles in an unseemly and noisy residence in southern Chile and a couple of city with fifty Nazis and 3 Jewish families..."

In this particular memoir, Marjorie Agosín writes within the voice of her mom, Frida, who grew up because the daughter of ecu Jewish immigrants in Chile on this planet conflict II period. Woven into the narrative are the tales of Frida's father, who needed to depart Vienna in 1920 simply because he fell in love with a Christian cabaret dancer; of her paternal grandmother, who arrived in Chile later with a host tattoed on her arm; and of her nice grandmother from Odessa, who enjoyed the Spanish language lots that she repeated its harmonious sounds even in her sleep. Agosín's memoir is a relocating testomony to patience and to the ability of reminiscence and of words.

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46. 4. Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, p. 143. 5. Ibid. p. 237. Page 1 Family Alliances Memories I Passing memory, imagined and intermittent. Memory like a chest of magical echoes, like a compass in a familiar closet. I graze my memory and shake her long locks of hair not knowing if I tell what I invent or if I invent what I tell. I wish to talk about a mythical and mythmaking country, on the southernmost tip of the planet. It is called Chile. A fertile and generous land, it is a country of deluded wanderers and poets.

My mother told us that the letter came from the saltpeter mines in northern Chile and that it was written by an old Viennese suitor who liked to sign as Page 34 Romeo Weiss and who would perfume his letters and kiss them, dying them scarlet. When my mother stopped answering him, Romeo sliced his finger and smeared it with radishes, although the evil-tongued say that he spread it with his mother's accursed eggplants so as to fabricate his blood letter, his legacy of love, soaked in the passion of the flesh and of vegetables.

However, according to my mother, that reddish letter eluded all notions of war, all signs of violence and merely manifested a delicately perverse scarlet-colored calligraphy, imploring nostalgias. Births The pregnancies of my mother were legends, scraps of life, of that which could not be, legends blackened in coagulated blood. She had three children and five miscarriages or deaths, minute and immense sorrows. Her body was orphaned so many times, cut and opened so many times. On the days of agitated blood, the sorrow was like a deep lock that lay buried inside her body overflowing with life.

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