1st Edition

The Lights of Home
A Century of Latin American Writers in Paris

ISBN 9780415940139
Published October 11, 2002 by Routledge
288 Pages 15 Color Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.



Jason Weiss lived in Paris throughout the 1980s and has since taught Latin American literature at NYU, The New School, and Cooper Union. Currently he is a freelance writer, editor, and translator. His other books include Writing at Risk: Interviews in Paris with Uncommon Writers and Back in No Time: The Brion Gysin Reader.


"As theoretical constructs turn more and more of the past into an abstraction, detailed cultural histories like The Lights of Home give us the breathing space to reimagine global literary life. Deeply informed and painstakingly researched, Jason Weiss's lively work is a truly useful contribution." -- Ammiel Alcalay, author of From the Warring Factions and After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture
"The Lights of Home is an information-packed excellent introduction to expatriate Latin American and Caribbean writers in Paris . . . It marks a major addition to critical writing on several of the principal poets, novelists and essayists of our time." -- Timothy Reiss, Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University
"In a study that combines a panoramic breadth of perspective with a compelling love of detail, Jason Weiss brilliantly explores the fruitful tension between the seductions of exile and the lure of home in the writings of an array of twentieth-century Spanish American writers who lived and worked in Paris. Based on a prodigious amount of research, this fascinating examination of the experience of cultural displacement from Rubén Darío to Hector Bianciotti will change the way we view Spanish American literature." -- Maarten van Delden, Chairman of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Rice University
"Jason Weiss's thoroughgoing and delving investigation shows how Paris was an even more bountiful movable feast for Latin American writers than it was for their northern colleagues. It also shows the great part the city played in the engendering of what came to be called magic realism." -- Gregory Rabassa, Distinguished Professor at Queens College and translator of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"Weiss intersperses the studies with insightful meditations on aspects of [the writers'] circumstances, such as life in a different language, relationships with fellow exiles and evolving attitudes toward the myth of Paris." -- Alicia Austin, France Today