The Collected Stories Of Moacyr Scliar

The Collected Stories Of Moacyr Scliar

by Moacyr Scliar
     
 
From Brazil's most distinguished and important Jewish writer comes this anthology comprised of six collections: in The Carnival of the Animals, Scliar uses political allegory to convey what was normally censored during the height of repression under Brazil's military regime. These tragicomic stories reveal Scliar's interest in issues of oppression, persecution,

Overview

From Brazil's most distinguished and important Jewish writer comes this anthology comprised of six collections: in The Carnival of the Animals, Scliar uses political allegory to convey what was normally censored during the height of repression under Brazil's military regime. These tragicomic stories reveal Scliar's interest in issues of oppression, persecution, holocaust, mutability, and the interplay between good and evil. The Ballad of the False Messiah develops the theme of postponement in the sense that for Jews redemption is always postponed in a vain wait for the Messiah. In The Tremulous Earth Scliar explores cruelty and violence in the tenuous lives of his characters, but his experience as a medical doctor informs his compassion for human frailty. Scliar expands his use of fantasy and magical realism in The Dwarf in the Television Set in topics that range from Jewish prophets to marital revenge. The Enigmatic Eye has been described as a masterpiece evoking the enigmas of art and life, and in Van Gogh's Ear, Scliar uses dark and subtle humor in a collection of biblical parables. Here witchcraft, magic, conundrums, and labyrinths are shown to be part of everyday life. A final autobiographical piece ties the collections together in which Scliar discusses his membership in Jewish, medical, gaucho, and Brazilian "tribes."

These powerful stories, individually humorous, bleak, or haunting, together bring a compelling voice of the Jewish Diaspora to the wide readership it deserves.

Editorial Reviews

Shofar
...one of the most comprehensively "Jewish writers" in Latin America.... Scliar's writing provides a much-needed alternative... because of its very secure grounding in a complex material culture of Brazil.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826319128
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Series:
Jewish Latin America Series
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. Series editor of Jewish Latin America, he is also the author of The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories, Art and Anger, (UNM Press), and many other books.

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. Series editor of Jewish Latin America, he is also the author of The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories, Art and Anger, (UNM Press), and many other books.

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