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Kate Wolf talks with Claudio Lomnitz, author of Nuestra América: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation, which traces his family’s history in the Jewish diaspora from the Eastern European region of Bessarabia to South America and on to Mexico. Claudio tells tales of his relatives — in particular, his maternal grandfather Misha Adler, a scholar and publisher involved in a number of revolutionary movements in the mid-20th century. He also relates his family’s experiences to the struggles of marginalized peoples and migrants across the globe.
Also, Lauren Oyler, author of Fake Accounts, returns to recommend Norman Rush’s Mating, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of this revered novel’s publication.