Memory, Oblivion, and Jewish Culture in Latin America Marjorie Agosín

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Published: August 17th 2009

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Memory, Oblivion, and Jewish Culture in Latin America  by  Marjorie Agosín

Memory, Oblivion, and Jewish Culture in Latin America by Marjorie Agosín
August 17th 2009 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 272 pages | ISBN: | 7.24 Mb

To my knowledge, no [other] book representing such a wide and extensive sampling of views and experiences on the Jewish Diaspora in Latin America exists. This book will be an invaluable record of perspectives that need to be collected under oneMoreTo my knowledge, no [other] book representing such a wide and extensive sampling of views and experiences on the Jewish Diaspora in Latin America exists. This book will be an invaluable record of perspectives that need to be collected under one cover and read together as such.

-- Isabel Alvarez Borland, College of the Holy Cross, author of Cuban-American Literature of Exile: From Person to Persona Latin America has been a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution from 1492, when Sepharad Jews were expelled from Spain, until well into the twentieth century, when European Jews sought sanctuary there from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. Vibrant Jewish communities have deep roots in countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, and Chile-- though members of these communities have at times experienced the pain of being the other, ostracized by Christian society and even tortured by military governments.

While commonalities of religion and culture link these communities across time and national boundaries, the Jewish experience in Latin America is irreducible to a single perspective. Only a multitude of voices can express it.This anthology gathers fifteen essays by historians, creative writers, artists, literary scholars, anthropologists, and social scientists who collectively tell the story of Jewish life in Latin America.

Some of the pieces are personal tales of exile and survival- some explore Jewish humor and its role in amalgamating histories of past and present- and others look at serious episodes of political persecution and military dictatorship. As a whole, these challenging essays ask what Jewish identity is in Latin America and how it changes throughout history.They leave us to ponder the tantalizing question: Does being Jewish in the Americas speak to a transitory history or a more permanent one?



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