The Forgetting River

The Forgetting River

A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity, and the Inquisition

Book - 2012
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Traces the author's research into her family story after discovering that her ancestors were forced to renounce their Jewish faith in Inquisition-era Spain, describing her visit to the centuries-old Andalusian down of Arcos de la Frontera, where modern locals remain haunted by memories of past tragedies.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781594487392
1594487391
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 22 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 05, 2014

A fascinating topic, and vivid descriptions of time spent visiting, and then living for months at a time, in an Andalusian town where Carvajal's family might have lived during the Inquisition. As a journalist, she is seeking proof of whether or not the mysteries of her secretive Catholic family can be explained by their having been "conversos" --Jews forced to convert to Christianity by the Inquisition. Her ambivalence about where her present allegiance should lie, and the circularity of the structure of the book mar it, however.

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