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Ilan Stavans
Eight Conversations
Neal Sokol

"Ilan Stavans has emerged as Latin America's liveliest and boldest critic and most innovative cultural enthusiast."
Washington Post

The New York Times described Ilan Stavans as "the czar of Latino literature in the United States." But his influential oeuvre doesn't address Hispanic culture exclusively. It has also opened fresh new vistas into Jewish life globally, which has prompted the Forward to portray Stavans as "a maverick intellectual whose canonical work has already produced a whole array of marvels that are redefining Jewishness."

In Neal Sokol's candid, thought-provoking series of eight interviews Stavans is caught at the vortex where his Mexican, Jewish, and American heritages meet. He discusses everything from the formative influences that shaped his worldview to anti-Semitism, Edmund Wilson, sexuality in Latin America, Gabriel García Márquez, and the fate of Yiddish. He also contrasts the role of intellectuals in advanced and developing societies, dwells on his admiration for Don Quixote, his passion for dictionaries, and reflects on his groundbreaking, controversial research on Spanglish—the hybrid encounter of English and Spanish that infuriates the Royal Academy in Madrid.

Neal Sokol is a former senior researcher at Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

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The cover of Conversations is a collage of elements, including Stavans' photo.

Spring 2004
LC: 2004005182 PO
220 pp.   6 x 9

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