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A Cross and a Star: Memoirs of a Jewish Girl in Chile by Marjorie Agos­in

By Marjorie Agos­in

"I desire to discuss my existence in an unseemly and noisy condo in southern Chile and a few city with fifty Nazis and 3 Jewish families..."

In this exact memoir, Marjorie Agosín writes within the voice of her mom, Frida, who grew up because the daughter of ecu Jewish immigrants in Chile on the planet battle II period. Woven into the narrative are the tales of Frida's father, who needed to go away 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 bunch tattoed on her arm; and of her nice grandmother from Odessa, who enjoyed the Spanish language rather a lot 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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I dreamt that I was the one who went with them aboard the trains of evil madness. Page 36 One of my father's brothers married a Christian, or goy as we called her in my family. She was skinny and arrogant and wore an immense black cross around her neck in order to fight against her remorse for having married a Jew as well as to assure us that it was our fault that Jesus Christ was hung from the bare wood and died from the cold. Despite her gaze of sorrow and amazement, she turned out to be a perversely interesting individual with her black silk stockings and her pointed witch-like shoes.

It is a book that eludes most standard generic classifications because it is a story that is articulated not by the apparent first-person narrator but through the voice and creative imagination of her poet/ writer/child, who is not always able to determine if she tells what she invents or if she invents what she tells. As a chronicler of her mother's life, however, she is bound to stay as close to the truth as is possible so that others will accept the veracity of her story. " It is clear from the very beginning that we are reading a story about a woman who wants to represent herself through the collective fragments of her remembered past.

Sonia was hardworking and dedicated to educating her children, the boys that is. She even sent the oldest son to a seminary. She didn't worry so much about her daughter because after all girls were pretty, quiet, and foolish. Sonia worked by selling tablecloths which she bought more cheaply from some nuns from Cerro Alegre, and she managed to educate her male children for professions never before dreamed of for Jews. Engineers and accountants were among them. When she had to pay for the thesis of her son, Gregory, the distinguished dentist of the Province, Sonia had to sell the red living room furniture, which she did without a gripe or sense of loss.

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