In this classic memoir that explores the Nazi presence in the south of Chile after the war, Marjorie Agoisin writes in the voice of her mother, Frida, who grew up as the daughter of European Jewish immigrants in Chile in the World War II era. Woven into the narrative are the stories of Frida’s father, who had to leave Vienna in 1920 because he fell in love with a Christian cabaret dancer; of her paternal grandmother, who arrived in Chile later with a number tattooed on her arm; and of her great-grandmother from Odessa, who loved the Spanish language so much that she repeated its harmonious sounds even in her sleep. Agosin’s A Cross and a Star is a moving testament to endurance and to the power of memory and words. This edition includes a collection of important new photographs, a new afterword by the author, and a foreword by Ruth Behar.
Marjorie Agosín is the Pura Belpré Award–winning author of I Lived on Butterfly Hill and The Maps of Memory. Raised in Chile, her family moved to the United States to escape the horrors of the Pinochet takeover of their country. She has received the Letras de Oro Prize for her poetry, and her writings about—and humanitarian work for—women in Chile have been the focus of feature articles in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Ms. magazine. She has also won the Latino Literature Prize for her poetry. She is a Spanish professor at Wellesley College.
Emöke B’Rácz is the beloved founder and co-owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Downtown Books & News. She is the editor of Hungarian Refugee (Burning Bush Press of Asheville, 2021) an account of life and revolution in Hungary taken from writings by and interviews with her father, Istvan B’Rácz. Also an accomplished artist and poet, she is the author of the poetry collection, Every Tree is the Forest.
Celeste Kostopulos Cooperman‘s translations of Latin American women’s poetry have appeared in numerous publications including Harper’s, Human Rights Quarterly, City Lights (San Francisco), and The Bitter Oeander (New York). She has also translated a number of books by Marjorie Agosín, including A Cross and a Star (University of New Mexico, 1995 & 2022). She received the Outstanding Translation Award from The American Literary Translations Association for Circles of Madness / Circulos de locura: Las madres de la Plaza de Mayo (New York: White Pine Press, 1992). She is also the author of the Lyrical Vision of María Luisa Bombal (London, Tamesis Press), At the Threshold of Memory / Selected and New Poems by Marjorie Agosín, and Secrets in the Sand, The Young Women of Juárez, also with White Pine, a translated volume of poems by Marjorie Agosín for which she wrote the critical introduction. Her most recent publication appears in Rio Bravo, A Journal of Borderlands, “Mujeres en la frontera.” Cooperman holds an M.A. (1976) and a Ph.D. (1980) in Hispanic Studies from Brown University.
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