Against borders: promoting books for a multicultural world by Hazel Rochman

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How can I transform myself? Is my mentor a friend or fiend? What thread will guide me through the labyrinth? Is there treasure in the dark? Who is my lover? Where is my home?  . the sudden transition from childhood to adulthood, falling in love, marriage, deathour experience of the deaths of others and our contemplation of our own deaths. We encounter these primal echoes also in classical occasions of joyplunging into the ocean, galloping on a young horse, returning home after a long journey, listening to sublime music, watching a summer thunderstorm in the middle of the night.

We left South Africa on a one-way passport. Our son Danny was three years old (the same age as my father when he came to South Africa from Latvia before World War I). We weren't allowed back into South Africa until the 1990s; we were stateless. S. and settled in an apartment in Hyde Park, Chicago, where we've been ever since. For years we had no papers (only Simon could lord it over us that he was born a British citizen and had a real passport). We had to line up every year at the Immigration Department to get our Certificates of Identity stamped with permission to stay here.

Storiesthe kind you read as well as the kind you pass along orallyhave also brought me close to all kinds of people who would otherwise have remained strangers. Reading is a solitary activity; yet it breaks Page 11 barriers with the world. Booksreading, talking, arguing, sharing, reviewing booksare my work and my joy, and they have helped me find a home. When I first started work as a school librarian at the University of Chicago Laboratory School in 1976, the kids and I were strangers. I had this prissy accent.

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