Tropical Synagogues: Short Stories by Jewish-Latin American Writers

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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 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.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish

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Tales of adventure, cultural alienation, tradition, and exoticism make up this anthology of short stories created by Jewish writers in Latin America from 1910 to the present. The 21 writers from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Guatemala, and Mexico represent an ethnically diverse culture with roots in Eastern Europe as well as Spain. The works reprinted here focus on themes of alienation: a woman trapped in a bottle; an unloved mother-in-law; a Jewish bride who runs away with a gaucho on the Pampas (with an incident borrowed from Don Quixote). Organized geographically and chronologically, the anthology includes tales by such acclaimed masters as Alberto Gerchunoff, Isadore Blaisten, and Germain Rozenmacher, a large number of innovative women writers, and some authors more familiar to English-speaking readers. Recommended for large international literary collections and Jewish studies collections.
- Molly Abramowitz, Silver Spring, Md.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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