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Art and Anger: Essays on Politics and the Imagination
     

Art and Anger: Essays on Politics and the Imagination

by I. Stavans
 

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Fascinated by the idea of Western civilization as being a sequence of numerous misinterpretations and misrepresentations, these nineteen essays cover a broad range of topics with the unifying theme being the crossroads where politics and the imagination meet. An essay on linguistics and culture discusses the shaping of Latin America's collective identity; Peru's

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Fascinated by the idea of Western civilization as being a sequence of numerous misinterpretations and misrepresentations, these nineteen essays cover a broad range of topics with the unifying theme being the crossroads where politics and the imagination meet. An essay on linguistics and culture discusses the shaping of Latin America's collective identity; Peru's modern history is approached as a bloody battle between enlightenment and darkness; and in critiques of Octavio Paz and Gabriel García Márquez, Stavans reflects on the dichotomy between pen and sword in the Hispanic world. In 'Letter to a German Friend', Stavans returns to his fate as a Jew in the Southern Hemisphere, and in 'The First Book,' he connects his passion for literature to his initiation into Jewishness. Finally, in a meditation on Columbus's afterlife, he reflects on the many ways in which we reinvent ourselves in order to make sense of the chaotic world that surrounds us.

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"Stavans is lively and intelligent, eclectic, sharp-tongued." - Peter Matthiessen

"Ilan Stavans is an inventive interpreter of the contemporary cultures of the Americas." - Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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A beautifully written, subtle collection of essays revealing the crossroad where politics and imagination meet through examining the map of Latin America's philosophies and identities. Stavans (Amherst College) uses his own knowledge as a Jew living in Mexico to anchor his ruminations on Latin America's collective identity in general, and more specific topics such as Peru's history (which he terms a battle between Enlightenment and darkness), critiques of Octavio Paz, Gabriel Garciia Marquez, magic realism, and a final reflection on Columbus's afterlife that illuminates the many ways humans reinvent themselves to make sense of a chaotic world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312240318
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
10/18/2001
Edition description:
2001
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Stavans is Professor of Spanish at Amherst College and the author/editor of more than 20 books.

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