Claudio Lomnitz’s Nuestra América: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation (Other Press, 2021)
February 23, 2021

CSER Faculty Claudio Lomnitz, Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology, has released his new book, Nuestra América: My Family in the Vertigo of Transition (Other Press, 2021). Named a “Most Anticipated Book of the Year” by Kirkus Reviews, this immigrant family memoir is a riveting study of the intersections between Jewish and Latin American culture that recounts history with psychological insight and the immediacy of a thriller. Listed below are news and events surrounding the release of Professor Lomnitz’s book:

Nuestra América was selected in the “Briefly Noted” section of The New Yorker.

Professor Lomnitz spoke about his book at length in the following book discussions: Harvard Bookstore with Jesús Velasco, Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor with Jean Comaroff, and Skylight Books in Los Angeles with Graciela Montaldo. University of Michigan’s campus paper amply reviewed Professor Lomnitz’s book discussion with Jean Comaroff, titled Not Next To: The Jewish Diaspora Holding the Center of History.

He will further speak about his new book with Claire Messud at the Brooklyn Library and Leon Botstein at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, respectively, on February 24, 2021.

On February 26, 2021, two radio programs, “Write the Book” and LA Review of Books, will air on February 26, 2021, where Professor Lomnitz discusses his book further.

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