Borges, the Jew (SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian by Ilan Stavans

By Ilan Stavans

Explores Borges’ infatuation with Jewish historical past and culture.

In this quantity, award-winning cultural critic and debatable public highbrow Ilan Stavans focuses his realization on Jorge Luis Borges’s fascination with Jewish tradition. regardless of now not being Jewish himself, Borges wrote essays, poems, and tales facing a variety of features of Jewish historical past and culture—from the Holocaust to Kabbalah and from Franz Kafka to the production of the nation of Israel. during periods while anti-Semitism in Argentina used to be at the upward push, Borges was once transparent in his refutation of such xenophobia, and while Jewish writers have been not often to be had in Spanish, he used to be one of the first to translate them. all through Stavans’s dialogue of those subject matters he weaves in own anecdotes on interpreting Borges for the 1st time, listening to him learn in Mexico, and searching out him in Buenos Aires. No fan of Borges’s vintage oeuvre will ever see his legacy within the similar manner after examining this book.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino tradition at Amherst collage. he's the writer of many books, together with Quixote: the radical and the World and The usa of Mestizo.

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