A new book takes readers on a journey through Jewish Latin America

Ilan Stavans and his new book, “Seventh Heaven” (Courtesy of Stavans/JTA Montage)

MEXICO CITY (JTA) —More than 10 years ago, Ilan Stavans scandalized language purists of the Spanish-speaking world by translating a chapter of “Don Quixote” — into Spanglish.

Since then, the so-called czar of Latino culture has become one of the most important interlocutors for Hispanics in the United States.

In his latest book, “The Seventh Heaven,” published earlier this month, the Mexico-born Stavans shares a travelogue of a trip through Jewish Latin America, a topic on which he has emerged as a leading expert in recent decades.

“Very few people know about Latin American Jews, including Jews in Latin America, who know about their own communities but not necessarily about those in other Latin American countries,” he said.

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