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No Return Address A Memoir of Displacement

ISBN-10: 023112130X

ISBN-13: 9780231121309

Edition: 2000

Authors: Anca Vlasopolos

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No Return Addressis a vivid memoir of a life in exile and a poignant meditation on pleasure and loss, repression and transgression, and the complexities of love under harsh human conditions. In recounting her life's journey from Romania to Paris and Brussels, then on to the United States, Anca Vlasopolos writes movingly of the peculiar attributes of displacement in the contemporary world -- the hyphenated, ambiguous identities; the purgatory in which immigrants await transfer to another country; the mysterious nostalgia for places and events dimly recalled. Throughout, she describes the constant search for a place to truly call home. Vlasopolos renders a clear and loving portrait of her mother, an Auschwitz survivor courageously raising a young girl by herself after the death of her husband, a political dissident. She details their years of limbo in Brussels and Paris and of settlement in Detroit, Michigan, as well as her ultimate decision to identify the United States as home, inspired by the strong multicultural quality that allows so many others to do the same.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/7/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Anca Vlasopolos is a poet and novelist. She is professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and director of the university's comparative literature program. She has published a critical study of Coleridge, Baudelaire, and Yeats, a mystery novel, and two chapbooks of poetry. She lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Mouthfuls
Gatekeepers
Out of the Mouth
The Vocabulary of Faith
Mud Miracles
To Eat or Not to Eat
Bucharest
Contingencies
Telling Tales
Growing Boys
Paris
Brussels
Walls
Frankfurt Passage
Misplacing Detroit
Where All the Lights Were Bright
Variations on the Pastoral
Sub-Urban Skies
Endings, Continuities
Returns