Threats and fans have followed Ilan Stavans ever since he announced on Barcelona radio in 2002 his intention to translate Cervantes into Spanglish. This time, it’s for real.
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His latest books are A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States (Basic, with Lalo Alcaraz) and, forthcoming in 2015, Reclaiming Travel (Duke, with Joshua Ellison) and Quixote: The Novel and the World (Norton).
Posts by Ilan Stavans
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.