Losers and Keepers in Argentina: A Work of Fiction

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UNM Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Rifke Schulman, a Russian Jew, came to Argentina in 1889 at the age of eighteen and helped set up the small agricultural colony called Moises Ville. Rifke's journal and the accompanying short stories introduce Bela Pelatnik, a victim of the white slave trade; Henoch Rosenvitch, the love of Rifke's life; Leah Uberman on her way to attend Moises Ville's centennial celebration; and many others. The book spans the last hundred years and examines the experience of Jewish immigrants in both North and South America, some of whom were nourished by their roots, others who severed their ties to an old way of life. In looking at the choices they all made, the ways they found love or shut themselves off from it, Nina Barragan offers a moving and multidimensional portrait of early twentieth-century Argentina and its contemporary descendants.

 

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Contents

The Rifke Chronicles October 8 1889
8
The Rifke Chronicles May 10 1904
55
So Who Was Pietro Gori?
63
The Rifke Chronicles February 15 1907
75
The Rifke Chronicles Summer 1897
83
The Rifke Chronicles May 18 1907
109
The Rifke Chronicles May 30 1908
115
The Rifke Chronicles November 15 1909
143
The Rifke Chronicles March 15 1916
167
The Rifke Chronicles January 8 1919
173
The Rifke Chronicles April 1923
183
The Rifke Chronicles February 21 1925
209
The Rifke Chronicles December 1930
217
The Rifke Chronicles August 1936
223
The Rifke Chronicles October 1943
231
The Rifke Chronicles December 1946
249

The Rifke Chronicles December 20 1913
151
Victor
157

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About the author (2001)

Nina Barragan lives in Iowa City. Her other books include The Egyptian Man and No Peace at Versailles.

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