The White Islands / Las Islas Blancas by Marjorie AgosínThe White Islands / Las Islas Blancas by Marjorie Agosín

The White Islands / Las Islas Blancas

byMarjorie AgosínTranslated byJacqueline Nanfito

Paperback | August 15, 2016

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“I only wanted to write about them, / Narrate their fierce audacity, / Their voyages through the channels of the Mediterranean.” So begins a poetic journey through the islands of the Mediterranean that served as homes and refuge for the Sephardic Jews after the Alhambra Decree, which ordered their expulsion from Spain. Inspired by her own journey to Salonika and the Greek Islands, Rhodes, Crete, as well as the Balkans, Marjorie Agosín searches for the remnants of the Sepharad.

Presented in a beautiful bilingual Spanish-English edition, Agosín’s poems speak to a wandering life of exile on distant shores. We hear the rhythm of the waves and the Ladino-inflected voices of Sephardi women past and present: Paloma, Estrella, and Luna in the fullness of their lives, loves, dreams, and faith. An evocative and sensual voyage to communities mostly lost after the Holocaust, The White Islands offers a lighthouse of remembrance, a lyrical world recovered with language and song, lament and joy, longing and hope.
Marjorie Agosín is professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. She has written several books of poetry, essays, and criticism, among them The Light of Desire. Jacqueline Nanfito is professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University. Michal Held is professor of Judeo-Spanish (Lad...
Title:The White Islands / Las Islas BlancasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 15, 2016Publisher:Swan Isle PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0983322090

ISBN - 13:9780983322092

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Table of Contents

The White Islands
Oro’s Keys
Only the Sea
Nocturne Falls on the Water
Afterword by Michal Held-Delaroza

Editorial Reviews

"The White Islands / Las Islas Blancas evokes the vibrancy of those banished Sephardic communities, especially of the women, who carried their faith, language, and traditions, along with a profound love of life, to their new homes. Rich in metaphor and euphony, this bilingual compilation, beautifully translated from the Spanish by Jacqueline Nanfito, consists of individual lyrical gems, yet reads like one long narrative poem."