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By Marjorie Agos­in

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

In this specific 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 earth 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 host tattoed on her arm; and of her nice grandmother from Odessa, who enjoyed the Spanish language loads that she repeated its harmonious sounds even in her sleep. Agosín's memoir is a relocating testomony to persistence and to the facility of reminiscence and of words.

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This is how she developed the habit of charging my father for every extra breath he took, for all of the extra showers, and for all of the "have-nots" he had so generously helped. My father died with an enormous deficit, but he managed to continue to bury the just of the town with the money that he left behind. The Pink Cots Since we were very poor but dignified, my mother used to comb through the hospitals in search of beds that belonged to the dying. At home she would then paint them pink. She not only worried about Jaime and me having a place to sleep, but she also had various cots in Page 33 the living room for the terrified emigrants who arrived at our house on the corner of Yungay Square next to the enormous shade-bearing trees.

It was then that my mother was pregnant with Eva, who was born in La Paz and died ten days later. They buried her in a little white coffin that looked like it was made for carrying dolls and angels, and they wrapped her in newspaper while my mother looked out at the desert wind and gazed at the tightness of pain. My mother looked at that little white coffin, those newspapers, and the Jewish cemetery on the high plateau; an imaginary abyss. Tattoos My girlfriend's mother has a tatoo on her arm that is tinted and sometimes can be confused with a faded meadow.

3 As a personal record that is based upon her mother's recollections of the past, it seems most appropriate to compare this narrative to a memoir, a very private and unique form of writing that is capable, in varying degrees, of capturing the essence and spirit of the times about which it is written. Although similar to a diary, it distinguishes itself by its very desire to be shared with future generations as well as by its underlying hope to validate and sustain the intimate story that it contains, as painful as portions of it may be.

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