The Inveterate Dreamer

The Inveterate Dreamer

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Not only do qmodernq Jewish languages like Yiddish and Hebrew have their own Jewish writers, but every major Western tongue?from German and Russian to English and Portuguese?does as well. These writers are often at the crossroad between the two traditions: their Jewish one and their own national one. Is there such a thing as a modern Jewish literary tradition, one navigating across linguistic and national lines? If so, how should one define it? Ilan Stavans is uniquely qualified to answer these questions and to comment on the power and challenges of cultural margins and literary crossings. He has been at the forefront of an appreciation of the Jewish literary tradition that is less asphyxiating, more global. His reflections on Jewish Latin America have won him the nickname qpathfinder.q This incomparable volume showcases Stavans's most insightful and provocative?and at times controversial?observations on transnational Jewish culture and literature. Stavans explores the problems and prospects of representing Jewish experiences through such media as Holocaust memoirs and Jewish museums; astutely comments on well-known intellectual figures, including Lionel Trilling, Isaac Babel, Primo Levi, Harold Bloom, and Walter Benjamin; engages in memorable conversations with Norman Manea, Joseph Brodsky, and Ariel Dorfman; and offers compelling glimpses of revelatory moments in his own life.Essay. My heart is in the East and I am at the edge of the West. Then how can I taste what I eat, how can I enjoy it? ... elevate themselves to a higher order, and who, relendessly, investigated their own spirituality beyond the realm of orthodox religion and routine. ... I have traveled from Spanish into Yiddish, Hebrew, and English; from my native home south of the Rio Grande far and away a€” to Europe, theanbsp;...

Title:The Inveterate Dreamer
Author:Ilan Stavans
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2001


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