Buenos Aires: Tusquets Editores (Colección: Mirada Crónica), 2019. First Edition. Paperback. 268p., wrps. New. Item #70019
"Una isla artificial. Crónicas sobre japoneses en la Argentina" is a collection of stories on the history of Japanese immigrants in Argentina, who came fleeing war and famine. The work explores how they quickly took on jobs as flower growers, dyers, cooks, tea planters, acupuncturists, potato washers, writers, and more. Author Fernando Krapp particularly explores a community of Japanese cultivators in southern Mendoza with a saga of glories, failures, and confrontations worthy of a nineteenth-century novel; and then explores the lives of their children, and their children's children. The result is an unexpected, endearing, and painful fresco of the most unknown migratory current in Argentina.