Alphabet in My Hands by Marjorie AgosinAlphabet in My Hands by Marjorie Agosin

Alphabet in My Hands

byMarjorie Agosin

Hardcover | December 1, 1999

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The author takes us on a personal journey of discovery. During her childhood in Chile, she was raised to regard her Jewish heritage with loving awareness. Her family also participated in the dominant Catholic culture. As a young girl, she became keenly aware of her dual identity in her country, both as a participant & an outsider. She recounts the events that forced her family to emigrate to America: the overthrow of Salvador Allende by General Augusto Pinochet. She writes of her new life in Athens, Georgia, of the sudden loss of all that was familiar. Ostracized as an emigrant, her high school years were made even more painful by the news from Chile: prisoners taken & classmates disappearing or shot. Years later, she goes back to Chile & travels there with her own children. And in the final chapter, she addresses two important topics: her current residence in New England & the central role of writing & literature in her life.
Marjorie Agosin was born in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1955. She has written many books of poetry and fiction. Her childhood and early adolescence were spent with her Jewish family in Chile, where her family also participated in the dominant Catholic culture. The young Agosin became keenly aware of her dual identity in her country, both as...
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Title:Alphabet in My HandsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:December 1, 1999Publisher:Rutgers University Press

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ISBN - 10:081352704X

ISBN - 13:9780813527048

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The struggles and discoveries of one person can often help others through their own dramas. The Alphabet in My Hands is a memoir of that calibre. Award-winning poet Marjorie Agosin remembers growing up with her Jewish family in Chile and having no choice but to emigrate to Athens, Ga. during the overthrow of Salvador Allende by General Augusto Pinochet. She tells us why she eventually returned to Chile and tries to explain her love of a place that punished her father for being a Jew.