Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-4616-6635-6 • eBook • October 2007 • $23.50 • (£17.99)
Marjorie Agosín is professor of Spanish and the history of women in Latin American culture at Wellesley College. She is the author of numerous short stories, books of poetry, and novels.
Chronology of Chile, 1941–2006
Part I: Art as Witness
Chapter 1: The Texture of Memory
Chapter 2: Returning to the Shadows
Chapter 3: A Journey to the South
Chapter 4: Weaving My Story
Part II: Testimonies, 1973–1994
Chapter 5: Violeta Morales
Chapter 6: Valentina Bonne
Chapter 7: Anita Rojas
Chapter 8: Irma Muller
Chapter 9: Mother of Augustín A. Martínez Meza
Chapter 10: Doris Meniconi Lorca
Chapter 11: Gala Jesús Torres Aravena
Part III: Testimonies, 2005–2006
Chapter 12: Viviana Díaz Caro
Chapter 13: Gala Torres Aravena
Chapter 14: María Madariaga and Patricia Hidalgo
Chapter 15: Charo Henríquez
Chapter 16: Adriana Rojas
Agosín's poetic touch will engage undergraduate students in the humanities and social sciences as well as general readers.
— Hispanic American Historical Review
By interweaving bleak storytelling with powerful, colorful depictions of cloth figures standing against a message of 'No a la tortura' or chained together in protest against congressional policy, the complete and tragic story takes on physical and psychological dimensions.
— ASG Notions
To have these arpilleras reproduced in combination with Marjorie Agosín's compassionate and historical analysis in a new and updated edition is a gift to all those who continue in the struggle for human rights, social justice, and peace. It is also a vital testimonial to women's history, resistance, and culture in Chile and in all of Latin America.
— Bettina Aptheker, University of California, Santa Cruz
Hope and love, yes, but a fierce and tenacious witness as well, and an insistence on spare truth in the face of brute power: truth armored in a heartrending beauty. With grace and precision, poet Marjorie Agosín sings this suite of Latin American variations on the epics of Penelope's steadfast devotion and Antigone's defiant resolve.
— Lawrence Weschler, New York University; author of A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers
This book should be put in the hands of every student in America, North and South, so all can learn how a culture of fear turned Chile into a well of suffering under Pinochet. Marjorie Agosín's Tapestries of Hope is a shiva made of words, a sacred act of mourning and memory, at once beautiful and heartbreaking. By collecting the stories of the women in Chile who wove their sadness into works of art using the torn clothes of the disappeared, Agosín lets us grieve for those who are lost. At the same time, we join the brave makers of the arpilleras in defying the brutal torturers who attempted to erase the names of their loved ones from history. I thank Marjorie Agosín with all my heart for the gift of this book. It is a gift for all humanity, as great books always are.
— Ruth Behar, University of Michigan
For twenty years after General Pinochet took power in Chile, a group of arpilleristas protested government brutality by sewing simple and exquisite tapestries in memory of their dead, their tortured, their disappeared loved ones. Almost alone these brave women kept a vigil against the harsh regime by creating an art that is special to their sad and beautiful country. What the arpilleristas speak of in their gentle, agonizing fabrics must never be forgotten—in Chile, and around the globe. This book is a guardian of memory, an important and lonely work of art that radiates social conscience and illuminates the struggle to survive. (Previous Edition Praise)
— John Nichols
Breaking through the silences of the violent Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, the burlap tapestries or arpilleras and the mothers of the disappeared in Chile who sewed them show the power of art to counter despair and injustice. Marjorie Agosín's Tapestries of Hope lifts the heart while displaying a whole new dimension to politics. (Previous Edition Praise)
— Temma Kaplan, Rutgers University
Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love tells the wonderful story of not forgetting-in cloth. The arpilleristas create their persistent, decades-long acts of remembering their children, companions, parents, and refusing political amnesia. (Previous Edition Praise)
— Grace Paley
Updated edition for students includes a chronology of Chile, 1941-2006, new testimonies from arpilleristas, and a reaction to the death of Pinochet
Ideal for courses in Chilean History, Latin American History, Women's Studies, and War and Peace Studies
Richly illustrated with a color insert of arpilleras
Includes a foreword by Isabel Allende, an introduction by Peter Kornbluh, and an afterword by Peter Winn