The first anthology of its kind, I Am of the Tribe of Judah: Poems from Jewish Latin America brings together poetry from the Mexican border to the tip of South America. Originally written in Spanish, Portuguese, Yiddish, Ladino, Castidish, and Hebrew, these poems have been translated into English, many for the first time, by a group of prize-winning translators.
This multilingual collection looks at the tradition across more than five hundred years, featuring poems that exalt being Jewish, whether Ashkenazi or Sephardic, and poems that express humor and satire. Included are poems in response to anti-Semitism and poems of exile, of protest, and of the Holocaust. There are wondrous poems on mysticism and Kabbalah.
The book includes an insightful introduction and historical background by world-renowned literary and social critic Ilan Stavans, professor at Amherst College.
"Exquisitely curated . . . an invaluable gift to readers at large and scholars passionate about the field."--Ariana Huberman, author of Keeping the Mystery Alive: Jewish Mysticism in Latin American Cultural Production