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In The Name Of The Father: Identity And Family Memory In Andrés Rivera And Mauricio Rosencof

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This chapter analyzes the novels of two contemporary Argentine and Uruguayan Jewish authors in which recovering the family memory within the historical context constitutes the means of re-shaping personal identity. Both Mauricio Rosencof and Andrés Rivera are sons of immigrant working fathers who were adherents in Eastern Europe to leftist movements in which they continued participating in Uruguay and Argentina. Rosencof and Rivera joined leftist movements since their youth. Until a certain point in their personal and literary lives, they did not consider being Jewish as relevant to their ideologies or to their political and literary discourse. The repression suffered in their respective countries in the 1970s and the 1980s provoked a change that is reflected in their writings since that period.

Keywords: Andrés Rivera; Argentine Jewish author; family memory; Jewish orthodoxy; Mauricio Rosencof; personal identity; Uruguayan Jewish author



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