Synopses & Reviews
This large, bilingual collection contains work from more than 20 years of writing, including a small -selection of new work, arranged by themes fundamental to Agosín’s artistic and critical oeuvre. Her rich Eastern European and Latin American heritage, her experience in exile and her profound humanistic vision accompany the poet as she writes about ancestors, women, children, the poor and the disinherited. Despite the difficult material she examines, Agosín expresses a need to -rejoice in life and to believe in the possibility of change. Always searching for life’s bare essentials, -often in a spare language that reveals the common threads that unite us all, Agosín explores such diverse landscapes "to make beauty and order out of pain and chaos.
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. "Agosin's poetic language engages the reader in a mesmerizing journey of inward reflection and exile...With her poems as our guide, we traverse history's darkest corridors, yet are reminded of the endurance of the human spirit. This is poetry that is both memorable and haunting"--Isabel Allende. "Marjorie Agosin's muses have first names and last names and they inhabit with their brilliance the poetry of this Chilean-American writer"--Elena Poniatowska.
A comprehensive selection of work from this renowned writer and human rights activist.
About the Author
Marjorie Agosn, human rights activist, writer, and scholar, was born in Bethesda, MD, in 1955, but her family returned to Chile when she was only three months old. A descendant of Russian and Austrian Jews who fled pogroms and the Holocaust, she grew up in Santiago de Chile, where she attended the Instituto Hebreo (Jewish school) until she was fourteen. Then, the Pinochet dictatorship forced her family into exile. In 1971, they moved to the U.S., where Agosn completed her education. She is currently a professor of Latin American Studies at Wellesley College, MA. Agosn has won several awards for her human rights work, including the Good Neighbor Award given by the Conference of Christians and Jews and the Jeanette Rankin Award in 1995. She received also in 1995 two prestigious literary prizes: the Letras de Oro prizefor poetry, and the Latino Literature Prize for her poetry collection Toward the Splendid City (1994). Agosn is one of the most prolific Latin American women writers living in the US. She has published over 20 books of poetry, four books that could be defined as either autobiographical fiction or memoirs, three collections of short fiction, and 10 books that include scholarly work and personal essays devoted to women and human rights. She is also the editor of 18 anthologies of literary works, literary criticism, and autobiographical writings. Her poetry, fiction, and most of her essays are published in Spanish. Her early poetry collections were first published in Latin America, but her latest poems have been first published in the U.S. in bilingual editions. Her autobiographical writings focus on her family background and her personal experience of displacement as a Jewish Chilean woman in the U.S. She defines herself as Latin American, rather than Latina, and considers herself primarily a poet. Cultural translation is an essential aspect of her works as a committed writer, educator, and scholar. As an editor, she is mainly interested in giving visibility to Latin American literature and culture, and especially women's contributions in literature and in the arts.