From Library Journal
This unique anthology unites the voices of Jewish women writers of Latin America for the first time. In the 22 stories collected here, authors from Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, and Cuba tell of their respective cultures and heritages. While once they spoke Yiddish, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, or Ladino, these women now speak Spanish and Portuguese. Their stories focus mainly on the memory and identity of the worlds and countries they have left. In an excerpt from The Family Tree, for instance, Mexican writer Margo Glantz fleshes out the family past in Ukraine and considers the fate of the agricultural communities set up by the tsar for the Jews. Yet these stories also reflect an awareness of the Latin American society these writers have now joined. Highly recommended for all large collections.AMolly Abramowitz, Silver Spring, MD
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From Kirkus Reviews
paper 1-55861-209-2 The House Of Memory ($37.00; paper $15.95; Jul. 12; 256 pp.; 1-55861-208-4; paper 1-55861-209-2): Another specialized collection assembled by the indefatigable Chilean writer and scholar, who is herself one of twenty contributors from nine Latin American countries whose work (fifteen short stories, five novel excerpts) is here displayed. Agosn's well-informed Introduction stresses the ``hidden history'' of Jews and women in Latin America, and offers helpful information about orthodox traditions and rituals dramatized by such virtually documentary portrayals of anti-Semitism endured as Teresa Porzecanski's ``Rojl Eisips'' and Alicia Kozameh's ``Alcira in Yellows.'' Even better are hallucinatory, borderline-surreal tales like Margo Glantz's ``Shoes'' and Angelina Muiz-Huberman's imaginative ``The Portugese Synagogue.'' Not all the selections rise to the level of these four (and a few others), but the volume is an unusual and welcome one nevertheless. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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