Ilan Stavans Pays Tribute to Moacyr Scliar
October 2, 2011
Brazilian novelist Moacyr Scliar, who died in February at the age of 73, was one of the most influential Jewish writers from Latin America. The author of the classic The Centaur in the Garden, he himself felt like a centaur. “At home, you speak Yiddish, eat gefilte fish and celebrate Shabbat,” Scliar once said. “But in the streets, you have soccer, samba and Portuguese. After a while you feel like a centaur.” Ilan Stavans, Scliar’s longtime friend and the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, celebrates his life and work with reminiscences, readings, and more.