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The Jewish Gauchos of the Pampas


Alberto Gerchunoff
Translated by Prudencio de Pereda

Jewish Latin American literature in Spanish begins with The Jewish Gauchos of the Pampas, a series of vignettes about shtetl life in Argentina first published in 1910 and now available for the first time in an English-language paperback edition as the inaugural volume in the new Jewish Latin America series. Praised for its depiction of how two entirely different cultures could coexist in a symbiotic relationship, Jewish Gauchos was written about a decade after Jewish immigration to Argentina began in earnest. The author, a major figure in Argentine literature, was a great influence on Borges.

"Alberto Gerchunoff was an indisputable writer. . . (He) handled with equal ease the oral and written languages; in his books one finds the fluidity of the good 'conversador' and his conversation (I can still hear him) is marked by generous and infallible literary precision."--Jorge Luis Borges


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Alberto Gerchunoff (1884-1950) emigrated to Argentina from Russia.

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.

ACCLAIM

" The Jewish Gauchos, is a wonderful series of snippets of colonial life."

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Canadian Jewish Outlook



"A page-turner, this collection of charming stories is highly recommended for Jews and non-Jews alike."

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Bookpleasures.com




5.5 x 8.25 in. 179 pages 26 drawings