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Translating the Soul
Translating the Soul reflects on the story of Marjorie Agosín’s life, beginning with her family’s roots in Odessa as well as Chile.
Essays by Marjorie Agosín
Photographs by Samuel Shats

Literature/Essays
$15.95 Paperback   Literature, essays

136 Pages

ISBN 13: 978-1-890932-50-3
Library of Congress Control Number:  2017936215
ISBN: 1-890932-50-7

 
 

Translating the Soul is an immigrant’s treasure, by turns lyrical and spare, defiant and hopeful, and filled with every beautiful moment that refuses to disappear with :goodbye.”                                                                           —Foreword Magazine

Translating the Soul reflects on the story of Marjorie Agosín’s life, beginning with her family’s roots in Odessa as well as Chile. An engaging and provocative collection of personal narrative essays of great scope and insight, interweaving autobiograpy with themes of memory and exile. It explores identity in a new landscape and place through emigrant eyes and the memory of grandparents and parents who made Chile their home and yet never totally felt at home.

As a girl, Agosín met Pablo Neruda on Isla Negra, who inspired her to be a poet. She also includes essays on a number of other important influences such as  Gabriela Mistral.

Following the brutality after Pinochet’s rise to power in Chile in the 1970s, her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia where her father could teach. Her narrative includes powerful thoughts on her work on behalf of the Disappeared in Chile.

The essays are enlivened with the images of award winning Chilean photographer, Samuel Shats, many of which were taken for this book.  Translating the Soul is a must addition for readers of Augsín.

Marjorie Agosín is an award-winning author of more than fifty books. The Chilean government awarded her the Gabriela Mistral Medal.

Samuel Shats is an award winning Chilean photographer. He took the photos for this book. 

 
   



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