The Alphabet in My Hands: A Writing Life / Edition 1

The Alphabet in My Hands: A Writing Life / Edition 1

by Marjorie Agosín
     
 

ISBN-10: 081352704X

ISBN-13: 9780813527048

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813527048
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 

xv

Introduction 

xvii

The Alphabet 

1

Part 1: Childhood

CHAPTER 1: CALENDAR 

7

Spring 

7

Birth 

8

Passover 

8

Back to School 

9

March 

9

The Blue Uniform 

10

My Apron 

10

My Desk 

11

Rabbit Easter 

11

St. John's Eve 

12

My Birthday 

13

Soledad 

14

Rain 

15

The Beggar Woman 

15

Long Live Saint Peter! 

16

September 18 

17

The Marconi Theater 

18

Rosh Hashanah 

19

Kol Nidre 

21

Day ofAtonement 

21

Christmas Eve at the Pacific 

22

New Year's by the Sea 

22

Summers of Syrup 

23

Tidal Pools 

24

Gypsy Woman 

25

The Movies 

26

The Island of Swallows 

27

Guardian Angels 

28

CHAPTER 2: BEING JEWISH 

31

Identities 

31

Arrivals 

32

Names 

33

Last Names 

34

The Goyim 

34

Being Jewish 

35

Religious Education 

35

Frida and Moisés 

36

Sundays 

37

Pulchritude 

37

Tell Me a Story, Papa 

38

Jewish Dog 

40

The Hebrew Institute 

41

My History Teacher 

41

Hebrew 

42

Dead Languages 

43

The Book of God 

43

Shabbat 

44

My Grandfather 

45

Train Station 

45

Aunt Lucha 

46

Dinner with the Aristocrats 

47

The Star of David 

48

Thinking about Oblivion 

49

A Glorious Body 

49

They Say 

50

Confessions 

50

The Godmothers 

51

Photographs I 

51

Photographs II 

53

Photographs III 

54

CHAPTER 3: THE WOMEN 

57

The Jewelry 

57

Looking-Glass Memory 

58

Helena of Vienna 

59

A Book of Faces 

60

Autumn 

61

Omama Helena 

62

A Bit of Luck 

63

Grandmother's Shoes 

63

Chepi 

64

Travelers 

65

The Deaf 

66

My Aunts 

67

Tamara 

68

Small Change 

68

My Cousin Rafael 

69

You'll Learn It Tomorrow 

70

Superstitions 

71

Breathe 

71

CHAPTER 4: THE GUARDIANS OF CHILDHOOD 

73

Happiness 

73

The Servants 

74

Afternoon Tea 

75

Women Friends / Comadres 

76

The Other Women 

76

Day Off 

78

Claudina 

78

A Corsage of Happiness 

79

Delfina 

80

Souls 

81

Sacred Song 

82

Nape 

82

Nana 

83

Wisdom 

83

Mama Delfina 

85

Carmen Carrasco 

86

Baptisms 

87

The Burning of Judas 

88

The Little Souls 

88

A Cat and a Chicken 

89

Protection 

90

Bread 

91

With the Nanas 

92

The Backrooms 

93

Part 2: Journey to the Other America

CHAPTER 5: TIME OF IRE 

97

Autumn and Lovers 

97

Israel 

98

Jerusalem 1973 

99

Moshe 

99

God's Place 

100

The Balcony 

100

White 

101

Curfew 

101

Dark Silence 

102

The Texture of Fear 

102

Disappeared 

102

The House 

103

The Wind 

104

CHAPTER 6: PILGRIMAGES 

107

The Gringos 

107

Exile Begins 

108

To Set Foot in America 

108

A Foreigner's Nights 

110

The First Months 

110

The Flying Squirrel 

111

Berkeley 

112

Memories 

112

Clark Central High 

113

Mr. Watson 

113

At First 

114

Halloween 

114

The Amusement Park 

115

The Immigrant Girls 

116

Neighbors and Friends 

116

Of Parties and Other Audacities 

117

Borrowed Furniture 

118

The Piano 

119

The Georgia House 

120

Fissures 

121

Gardens 

121

Magnolias 

123

Letters to Be Answered 

123

America and My Mother 

124

Wanderings 

124

Georgian Soil 

125

Country 

126

The Exile 

126

Wellesley College 

127

Russian Lady 

128

Matilde 

129

Snow 

131

Laura 

132

The Raft Girl 

133

Molly McArthur 

134

Birthday 

135

Mama 

135

My House 

139

CHAPTER 7: WORDS: A BASKET OF LOVE 

141

A Basket of Books 

141

Books 

142

Silences 

142

Languages 

143

Spanish 

144

My Accent 

145

Why Do I Write? 

145

The Leper Colony 

147

Poetry 

148

Words 

149

To Know the Night 

149

Anne 

150

Gabriela 

151

Maria Luisa 

152

Sonia Helena 

153

Isla Negra 

155

Pablo Neruda 

155

Goodbye, Pablo Neruda 

156

The Stone House 

157

CHAPTER 8: RETURNS 

159

Memorial of Oblivion 

160

Homecoming 

160

The Street 

161

Be a Stranger 

161

Escape 

162

With My Children 

163

An Invitation to Travel 

164

My Childhood 

164

Sonia Helena 

165

I Tell Them We Are from Here 

165

The Pools 

166

Traveling the Length of My Country 

167

Calama 

168

Desert Light 

169

The Bonfires 

170

The City of Strangers 

171

High Treason 

171

María 

172

Cecilia 

174

Violeta 

175

The Sound of Women 

176

A Divided Heaven 

177

Desire 

178

Summer's End in My Country 

178

New Year's Day 1997 

179

A Place of Memories 

180

Night 

181

Old Age 

182

Rice Powder 

182

The Roommate 

183

Death 

183

The Last Goodbye 

184

Copihue in Bloom 

185

Guest 

186

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