Along the way, Stavans introduces readers to some of the remarkable members of his family-his brother, a musical wunderkind; his father, a Mexican soap opera star; his grandmother, who arrived in Mexico from Eastern Europe in 1929 and wrote her own autobiography. Masterfully weaving personal reminiscences with a provocative investigation into language acquisition and cultural code switching, On Borrowed Words is a compelling exploration of Stavans’s search for his place in the world.
“A meditation on how language defines not just the words we use but the places we come from.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Stavans’s Mexico . . . is a treacherous but vivid world seen through the eyes of a gifted child; his subsequent encounter with America makes the New World seem-astonishingly-new.” James Atlas, author of Bellow: A Biography
2. The Rise and Fall of Yiddish
3. Under the Spotlight
4. On My Brother’s Trail
5. Amerika, America
6. The Lettered Man