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The Book of Memories / Edition 1

The Book of Memories / Edition 1

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Born in Buenos Aires in 1951, Ana Maria Shua is one of the most exciting and prolific young Latin American Jewish writers. She published her first book at the age of sixteen; since then she has published thirteen books, including nonfiction, novels, short stories, and children's books.

The Book of Memories, originally published in Spanish in 1994, is a humorous yet moving exploration of a Jewish family's history, as seen through the eyes of three generations of women. The story begins with Grandfather Gedalia leaving Poland with forged papers to escape the army and sailing to Argentina, the "other America." Sometimes charming, sometimes stingy, this patriarchal figure, a peddler and sometime moneylender, heads a clan that includes, among others, the feisty and foul-mouthed Aunt Judith and Uncle Silvester, a seducer of young girls who has such high principles that he turns himself in after missing the Argentine police raid on his socialist printing press.

From the assorted perspectives of these and other characters, this tale of Jewish immigrants explores life in Argentina, the role of women, and the power and the limits of machismo and nationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826319494
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 09/01/1998
Series: Jewish Latin America Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Ana Maria Shua lives and writes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Professor Dick Gerdes teaches Spanish at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

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