Tropical Synagogues Ilan Stavans

ISBN: 9780841913417

Published: January 1st 1997

Paperback

239 pages


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Tropical Synagogues  by  Ilan Stavans

Tropical Synagogues by Ilan Stavans
January 1st 1997 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 239 pages | ISBN: 9780841913417 | 3.31 Mb

Most readers north of the Rio Grande are not aware that waves of immigrants have created an ethnically diverse culture in Latin America, a mosaic of particular visions and voices that includes a cohesive Jewish community with roots in Eastern EuropeMoreMost readers north of the Rio Grande are not aware that waves of immigrants have created an ethnically diverse culture in Latin America, a mosaic of particular visions and voices that includes a cohesive Jewish community with roots in Eastern Europe and as far back as pre-Columbian Spain.

In this unique anthology, Ilan Stavans - who is at home both in Jewish and Latino cultures - introduces us to engaging writers, the histories of the different communities in which they emerged, their literary tradition and cultural predicament. Organized from a geographic and historical perspective, Tropical Synagogues includes stories by acclaimed and new voices - some appearing in English for the first time. We encounter the beginnings of the Jewish literary tradition on the continent in the work of Alberto Gerchunoff, who immigrated to Argentina during the late nineteenth century and influenced future generations of writers such as Isidoro Blaisten, German Rozenmacher, Gerardo Mario Goloboff, and Mario Szichman.

Stories also appear by celebrated writers such as Moacyr Scliar, Clarice Lispector, Isaac Goldemberg, and Victor Perera, who may be more familiar to English-speaking readers. Another vital part of this tradition are the innovative women writers who have been a major force in the development of Latin American fiction, represented here by Alicia Steimberg, Nora Glickman, Aida Bortnik, Margo Glantz, Esther Seligson, Elisa Lerner, Angelina Muniz-Huberman, and Alicia Lubitch Domecq.

The image of the tropical synagogue evokes the collective voice and imagination that come to life on the pages of this book. Conjuring a fantastic synthesis of the Old and New World, tradition and exoticism, sensuality and metaphysics, it is a telling metaphor for the little known but compelling short fiction collected here.



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