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Mongrels or MarvelsThe Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff$
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Deborah A. Starr and Sasson Somekh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804769532

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.001.0001

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A Letter from Mama Camouna

A Letter from Mama Camouna

(p.164) Fourteen A Letter from Mama Camouna
Mongrels or Marvels
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In this chapter, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff focuses on a letter written by “Mama Camouna,” the second wife of her great-grandfather, who was the grandfather of her mother Yvonne Chemla. Yvonne's family hailed from Tunisia, where Mama Camouna wrote her letters, despite being totally illiterate, to keep the family connected to one another and to their collective past. Joseph Chemla, Yvonne's father and Jacqueline's maternal grandfather, and his two brothers David and Clément went to Cairo, where they established a department store called Chemla Frères.

Keywords:   Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff, letters, Mama Camouna, Tunisia, Egypt, Yvonne Chemla, Joseph Chemla, Chemla Frères

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