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Jews at HomeThe Domestication of Identity$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113461

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113461.001.0001

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Samuel Rawet’s Wandering Jew: Jewish-Brazilian Monologues of Home and Displacement

Samuel Rawet’s Wandering Jew: Jewish-Brazilian Monologues of Home and Displacement

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(p.217) Seven Samuel Rawet’s Wandering Jew: Jewish-Brazilian Monologues of Home and Displacement
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Jews at Home
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Rosana Kohl Bines

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113461.003.0008

This chapter discusses the wandering Jew motif outside its usual European centre in an analysis of Samuel Rawet's fiction of home and displacement in Brazil. In the tales written by this Brazilian Jewish writer, one can distinctly hear the struggle between incompatible ideas of ‘home’ and ‘away’, of ‘mother tongue’ and ‘foreign tongue’, of ‘Brazilianness’ and ‘Jewishness’. The diaspora experience is never a happy celebration of deracination or an exercise in the freedom of unattachment. There is little room for mystification here. Hence, this chapter seeks to argue that his literature is a restless testimony to the risks of imagining home in a language not one's own.

Keywords:   Jewish–Brazilian monologues, wandering Jew, Samuel Rawet, Jewish displacement, Brazilianness, Jewishness, unattachment, Jewish diaspora

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