Pomegranate Seeds: Latin American Jewish Tales

Overview

Pomegranate Seeds is the first collection of the oral tradition of Latin American Jews to be presented in English. These thirty-four tales span the 500 years of Jewish presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. The folktales and cultural oral narratives were often based on actual events, recorded not only from the Ashkenazi perspective but from the Sephardic and Oriental as well. Like dispersed pomegranate seeds, all the stories come from a common cluster, yet each is a ...

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Overview

Pomegranate Seeds is the first collection of the oral tradition of Latin American Jews to be presented in English. These thirty-four tales span the 500 years of Jewish presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. The folktales and cultural oral narratives were often based on actual events, recorded not only from the Ashkenazi perspective but from the Sephardic and Oriental as well. Like dispersed pomegranate seeds, all the stories come from a common cluster, yet each is a separate kernel.

The stories are short, between five and fifteen pages, and each is carefully annotated. In addition to gathering stories from eleven Latin American countries, the author found material in the United States and Israel. Regardless of their origin, several tales have to do with personal feelings, emotional insights, and interpretation of the protagonists, while others deal with happy or traumatic events that cannot be forgotten and dreams that have not been fulfilled.

Not surprisingly, trauma and bigotry are common threads through some of the stories. These are tales, as Nadia Grosser Nagarajan says, "concealed by tropical greenery, encircled by vast jungles and flowing majestic rivers that echo many voices and reflect many views and visions."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826323910
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Jewish Latin America Series
  • Pages: 207
  • Sales rank: 1,064,625
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Nadia Grosser Nagarajan is also the author of Jewish Tales from Eastern Europe. She lives in San Jose, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I only did that which my god required 1
A dream come true 8
Seeking wisdom 12
The lost one 16
In between the snowflakes 23
The hatter of Cuenca 32
Icarus the frog 41
Patches from the past 43
The diver 49
A girl with rosy cheeks 55
The artist 61
Esther Solymosy 65
A different kind of shtetl 69
Neckties, anyone? 77
Albertito 81
The rabbi's tomb 85
The boat ride 91
Evita 95
Sea monsters 101
The survivor 106
The mortician 111
A dog's loyalty 122
Clara and the gypsies 125
Ode to a dead son 131
The cup and the mug 137
The portrait 140
Virgin Mary 145
An orange on board the Lusitania 151
Where the navel is buried 154
The encounter 162
The house on Back Street 166
The coffee party 173
The medic 181
The shunned toadstool 187
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