Books by Marjorie Agosín

I LIVED ON BUTTERFLY HILL by Marjorie Agosín
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Award-winning Chilean author and poet Agosín's debut for young people is a lyrically ambitious tale of exile and reunification. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
With a loving and financially secure family and a close group of friends, 11-year-old Celeste's life in Valparaíso, Chile, is relatively carefree—until the coup that unseats the president and establishes a dictatorship. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Agos°n's courage in tackling thorny topics—Jewish diaspora, cultural estrangement, Latin American fascism—renders a highly personal narrative powerful and appealing. (8 b&w illus.)"
Human-rights activist Agos°n (Spanish/Wellesley Coll.; Always from Somewhere Else, 1998, etc.) explores divergent veins of cultural identity in the face of brutality and alienation in a rhapsodic and provocative memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The result is that, though the prejudice her family encountered was deplorable and undeserved, Agos°n's black-and-white portrayal makes the history of their difficulties ring hollow, the stuff of allegories and fairy tales, not real life. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
Using a series of brief, fragmented descriptions, Agos°n (who edited What Is Secret: Stories by Chilean Women, 1996, and other volumes) reconstructs the wanderings and difficulties of her family Agos°n's grandparents, a tailor and a cigarette-roller, began their travels at the beginning of this century when they fled Russia for Istanbul to escape anti-Jewish pogroms. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A few tales are sometimes strained in execution and concept, but mostly this felicitously translated collection is a welcome introduction to a wealth of hitherto unfamiliar talent."
A sometimes uneven collection of over 40 stories by Latin American women, demonstrating that magic realism is rather a shared response to the region's landscape and history than the exclusive property of male writers like Borges and Garc°a M†rquez. Read full book review >