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A Critic's Journey (Writers on Writing)

A Critic's Journey (Writers on Writing)
Author: Ilan Stavans
ISBN 13: 9780472033829
ISBN 10: 472033824
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: 2009-11-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $26.95

One of the leading voices in Latino literature writes about his life and work

Publishers Weekly

Stavans (On Borrowed Words) displays an admirably broad reach in these 33 essays (previously published mainly in the Nation and the Chronicle of Higher Education), most on Spanish-language fiction from Cervantes to Sandra Cisneros and José Saramago. Some essays discuss wider topics, including how Spanish spread among the Western Hemisphere’s largely Indian peoples. Exploring Jewish issues, Mexican-Jewish-American Stavans includes a particularly interesting piece on anti-Semitism in Latin America. His writing reflects his deep love of the creative imagination and is full of pungent observations, such as, “A vast majority [of humanities professors] make a profession of being pretentious.” Stavans’s own graceful writing exemplifies his definition of his craft: “The critic is a compass that helps one to navigate the cultural map.” (Jan.)