Letters to Memory

Letters to Memory

eBook - 2017
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An excursion through the Japanese-American internment using archival materials from the author's own family. In this unique memoir, Karen Tei Yamashita draws on her family's history and creates a series of epistolary conversations with composite characters representing a range of academic specialties. Historians, anthropologists, classicists -- their disciplines, and Yamashita's engagement with them, are a way for her explore various aspects of the internment and to expand its meaning beyond her family, and our borders, to ideas of debt, forgiveness, civil rights, and community. From a National Book Award finalist, Letters to Memory is "in moments deeply personal and impressionistic and in moments pulling back into a voice of epic omniscience" ( The Boston Globe ). "Interrogates the cruelty of internment and the random nature of immigration, war, birth and death and disease through her own probing, lively correspondence ... The irony and dark humor of Yamashita's interrogations, of her nimble prose and sentences, illuminate the tragedies." -- Los Angeles Times.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Coffee House Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781566894982
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (160 pages)

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