I only wanted to write about them, / Narrate their fierce audacity, / Their voyages through the channels of the Mediterranean. So begins a poetic journey through the islands of the Mediterranean that served as homes and refuge for the Sephardic Jews after the Alhambra Decree, which ordered their expulsion from Spain. Inspired by her own journey to Salonika and the Greek Islands, Rhodes, Crete, as well as the Balkans, Marjorie Agosin searches for the remnants of the Sepharad.
Presented in a beautiful bilingual Spanish-English edition, Agosin s poems speak to a wandering life of exile on distant shores. We hear the rhythm of the waves and the "Ladino-inflected" voices of Sephardi women past and present: Paloma, Estrella, and Luna in the fullness of their lives, loves, dreams, and faith. An evocative and sensual voyage to communities mostly lost after the Holocaust, "The White Islands "offers a lighthouse of remembrance, a lyrical world recovered with language and song, lament and joy, longing and hope."
The White Islands
Swan Isle Press
Las Islas Blancas