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.
AAA1/2Ana Maria Shua's epic work centres round three generations of the Rimetka family, Eastern European immigrants who settled in Buenos Aires, but is equally about the racially and religiously diverse nation that is Argentina. . . . A rich story, individual yet universal, imaginatively told, that draws the reader into "The Book of Memories."AAA1/2
|Almost like America||p. 1|
|The Name Rimetka||p. 7|
|About Grandfather Gedalia's Personality||p. 9|
|The Language||p. 17|
|A Game of Soccer (193?) in the Back Yard Of the Old House||p. 21|
|Aunt Judith||p. 33|
|The Fiber Glass Business||p. 45|
|Clara and Her First Baby||p. 63|
|The Time When Uncle Pucho Disappeared Ran Away, or Suffered Amnesia from Diet Pills||p. 77|
|Time of Fear||p. 91|
|Selva or Lilian Aunt Judith's Daughter||p. 99|
|About the Old House And Its Many Fates||p. 113|
|Pucho Returns To the Old House||p. 123|
|Many Years Later||p. 155|
|Epilogue: Fiction and Reality||p. 171|
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Series: Jewish Latin America S.
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st September 1998
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.273