Braided Memories

Braided Memories

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In this evocative and emotional work, the poet, novelist, and human rights activist Marjorie Agosin pays homage to her great-grandmother, Helena Broder. As a young woman, Helena escaped Vienna to seek refuge in Chile, leaving shortly after the Night of Broken Glass in 1938 when the Nazi regime unleashed a campaign of violence, terror and destruction against the Jewish population.

This book takes readers on Marjorie's journey through time and space, and across thresholds between life, death and dreams, to discover Helena's lost voice. This is not a linear journey, but one that braids together the past, the present, and the future, allowing Marjorie to give Helena, an exiled woman, a third home in the liminal space of memory and literature; a safe haven where she can be complete rather than fragmented, a place where her "exhausted suitcase" can finally rest.

This touching collection of poems, in Marjorie Agosin's native Spanish together with Alison Ridley's delicate English translation, is accompanied by images from the Chilean photographer Samuel Shats, as well as poignant memorabilia of Helena herself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 17mm | 535.24g
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Over 80 color photographs
  • 1910146382
  • 9781910146385

About Marjorie Agosin

Marjorie Agosin has been teaching at Wellesley College for more than thirty years. Apart from being an academic, she is also a poet, a novelist, and a human rights activist. Considered one of the most prolific and versatile writers in the Americas, she has been recognized by the United Nations with the Human Rights Leadership Award, and by the Chilean government with the Gabriela Mistral prize. She is also a poet laureate for the Harvard Refugee Trauma Program. She is the author of more than fifty books that include narrative poetry, theatre and memoirs. Among her most renowned books are
"I Lived on Butterfly Hill", winner of the Pura Belpre Prize, and her most recent collection of poetry, "Las Islas Blancas (The White Islands)". Agosin divides her time between Concon Chile, Wellesley Massachusetts, and the coast of Maine.
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