Cartographies: Meditations on Travel

Cartographies: Meditations on Travel

by Marjorie Agosin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820329525

ISBN-13: 2900820329528

Pub. Date: 04/15/2007

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

On the impulse behind Cartographies, Marjorie Agosín writes, "I have always wanted to understand the meaning of displacement and the quest or longing for home." In these lyrical meditations in prose and poetry, Agosín evokes the many places on four continents she has visited or called home. Recording personal and spiritual…  See more details below

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On the impulse behind Cartographies, Marjorie Agosín writes, "I have always wanted to understand the meaning of displacement and the quest or longing for home." In these lyrical meditations in prose and poetry, Agosín evokes the many places on four continents she has visited or called home. Recording personal and spiritual voyages, the author opens herself to follow the ambiguous, secret map of her memory, which "does not betray."

Agosín's journey begins in Chile, where she spent her childhood before her family left in the early days of the Pinochet dictatorship. Of Santiago Agosín writes, "Day and night I think about my city. I dream the dream of all exiles." Agosín also travels to Prague and Vienna, ancestral homes of her grandparents, and to Valparaíso in Chile, which received them as immigrants. Kneeling among the yellow mounds at the Terezin concentration camp, where twenty-two of her relatives died, Agosín places "small stones, shrubs, the stuff of life on graves I did not recognize."

And then on through the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Americas . . . Everywhere, she is drawn to women in whose devotion and creativity she sees a deep vein of hope-from Julia, keeper of the synagogue at Rhodes, to the women potters in the Chilean town of Pomaire.

Agosín writes of diaspora, exile, and oppression, yet only to highlight the dignity and valor of those who find refuge in their humanity and their art, in community and tradition. Cartographies shows us what can be found when we journey with openness, as approachable to strangers as we are to ourselves.

Marjorie Agosín, a human rights activist and writer, is a professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. She has written almost twenty books, including Dear Anne Frank, A Cross and a Star, and The Alphabet in My Hands. Agosín's honors include the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement, given by the Chilean government; the Letras de Oro prize; and the Latino Literature Prize.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900820329528
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160

Table of Contents

Preludexi
Introductionxiii
Section IA Map of My Face
Creating a Map3
The Murmur of the Road3
Promises3
A Compass and a Purple Sailboat4
The City of Memory4
The City of Books5
The City of Love5
A Map of My Face6
The Traveler and the Mapmaker7
Cities of Water7
Traveling8
The Treasures of Arrival9
Section IISouthern Shores
Chile13
Santiago13
The City of Childhood14
Home15
The Fairy16
Pomaire: City of Clay16
Isla Negra18
Neruda in Isla Negra19
The City of Foreigners21
Osorno21
The Languages of Memory22
Vina del Mar and the Pacific22
Rain23
Reaching Valparaiso24
City of Wind and Thresholds24
The Lights of Valparaiso28
Phantom Ships29
Section IIICities of War
Tamara and Silvia33
The Pinkas Synagogue34
Terezin36
Prague39
Vienna42
Budapest43
Croatia44
Ana of Croatia45
Dubrovnik46
Section IVGestures of Memory
Rhodes I51
Rhodes II52
Kefalonia56
Aegean57
Istanbul I58
Istanbul II59
Jerusalem60
Israel61
Cairo62
Cairo's City of the Dead63
Gestures of Memory64
Section VTouching the Sky
Traces69
Mdina69
Lace70
Rome71
The Jewish Ghetto of Rome71
Assisi72
Tuscany73
Volterra74
Verona75
Venice77
The Ghetto of Venice79
Nighttime in Venice81
Spain82
Deja82
Valldemossa83
In Avila with Saint Teresa84
Spain in My Heart86
Section VINorthern Realms
Ireland91
London93
The Church of St. James93
Oxford95
Bath96
The Mermaid of Copenhagen97
Amsterdam and Anne Frank97
There99
Ainola100
Saint Petersburg101
Anna Akhmatova102
The Gypsy Women103
Section VIIAmerica
The Weavers of Charleston107
Miami108
Key West108
Dallas109
Angel Fire, New Mexico111
Tijuana112
Juarez113
Santiago de Atitlan113
Costa Rica114
Santo Domingo115
Sosua116
Copacabana117
Bahia117
Teate118
Rio de la Plata119
Montevideo121
Georgia122
The Tree123
Amherst127
Homeward128
York, Maine128
The Fortune-Teller130
Beach House131
The Cliffs133

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