Contemporary Jewish Writing in Brazil introduces the reader to a wonderful microcosm of the Jewish people of Brazil. Taken together, the stories describe their journey, from the old country, through the frontiers, to modern urban fantasy. The subject matter runs the gamut from the entirely frivolous and very funny to a different, refreshing way of looking at familiar subjects, such as the immigrant experience, the Holocaust, and family dynamics. A fascinating, lengthy introduction analyzes the stories in a culture and personality framework, placing Jewish life in Brazil as part of the universal experience and exploring how Brazil’s Jewish writers see themselves in literature, as compared to their history and everyday lives.
Sydelle Shamah has been leading book club discussions for many years, and is a published science fiction writer. She was president of the Ruth Hyman Jewish Community Center of Monmouth County, NJ.