Isaac Goldemberg

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Isaac Goldemberg
Chepen, Peru
OccupationPoet and novelist

Isaac Goldemberg (born 1945) is a Peruvian-American author, founder of the Latin American Writers Institute, Brújula/Compass, and "Hostos Review," and a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Hostos Community College.[1] Goldemberg was born in Peru, and immigrated to New York City, where he currently lives, in 1964. He is a fellow member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.[2]

His novel The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner, was chosen by the National Yiddish Book Center as, "one of the 100 greatest Jewish Books of the last 150 years."[3] The book tells the story of the life of Jacobo Lerner, a Jewish merchant, who immigrates to Peru from Eastern Europe. Jacobo has an illegitimate son, Efraín, by a Christian woman who he later abandons and thus never knows his son. Jacobo ultimately fails to achieve his goal of creating a traditional Jewish family before he dies, having been rejected by the respectable Miriam Abramowitz. Thematically, the novel presents an examination of Jewish identity and anti-Semitism. The book is divided into chapters which consist of vignettes written in the voices of the characters and an omnipotent narrator, as well as "Crónicas", and excerpts from Alma Hebrea, a publication of the Jewish community in the novel, which features writings by the characters [4]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Tiempo de silencio (1970)
  • De Chepén a La Habana (1973)
  • "The Fragmented Life of Don jacobo Lerner* (1976)
  • La vida a plazos de don Jacobo Lerner (1978)
  • Hombre de paso/Just Passing Through" (1981)
  • "Tiempo al tiempo" (1984)
  • "Play by Play" (1986)
  • "La vida al contado" (1992)
  • "El gran libro de América judía" (1998)
  • "Peruvian blues (2001)
  • El nombre de padre (2001)
  • "Hotel AmériKKa" (2002)
  • Los autorretratos y las máscaras/Self-Portraits and Masks (2002)
  • Golpe de gracia (2003)
  • "Il nome del padre" (2003)
  • Los Cementerios Reales (2004)
  • La vida son los ríos (2005)
  • "La vie a credit de Don Jacobo Lerner" (2005)
  • Tierra de nadie (2006)
  • "Monos azules en Times Square" (2008)
  • "Acuérdate del escorpión" (2010);
  • "La vida breve" (2012)
  • "Diálogos conmigo y mis otros" (2013)
  • Chepén, madre de arena (2015
  • "Remember the Scorpion" (2015)
  • "Dialoghi con me e con e miei altri" (2015)
  • "Tiempo al tiempo" (2016)
  • "Dialogues with Myself and My Others" (2016)
  • "Ricordati lo scorpione" (2016)
  • "Philosophy and Other Fables" (2016)
  • "Libro de reclamaciones" (2018)
  • "Sueño del insomnio/Dream of Insomnia" (2021)

Further reading[edit]

  • Viaña, Eduardo González (editor) "Identidad cultural y memoria colectiva en la obra de Isaac Goldemberg" (2001)
  • Nouhaud, Dorita Isaac Goldemberg ou l'homme du Livre (2002)
  • Carbonell, Juan Paredes (editor) Isaac Goldemberg ante la crítica: Una visión múltiple (2003)
  • Dolan, Maureen (editor) Crossing Cultures in Isaac Goldemberg's Works (2003)
  • Dolan, Maureen (editor) Isaac Goldemberg: A Bibliography and Six Critical Studies (2003)
  • Nouhaud, Dorita "Isaac Goldemberg: El hombre del Libro" (2003).
  • Sosnowski, Saul (editor) Isaac Goldemberg: The Esthetics Fragmentation (2003)
  • Zapata, Miguel Angel Luces de la memoria: Conversaciones con Isaac Goldemberg (2003)
  • Viaña, Eduardo González (editor) "Señas y contraseñas de identidad: La narrativa de Isaac Goldemberg" (2012)
  • Zapata, Miguel Angel (editor) "El canto del shofar y de la quena: La poesía de Isaac Goldemberg" (2013).


  1. ^ Faculty Profile at Hostos Community College
  2. ^ Goldemberg, Isaac. "Academic Profile". North American Academy of the Spanish Language Official Website. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  3. ^ List of works selected by the National Yiddish Book Center Archived 2015-06-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Goldemberg, Isaac The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner (University of New Mexico Press, 1999)

External links[edit]

  • "Dos maneras latinoamericanas" by Guillermo Roz.
  • El Dominical• Lima, domingo 27 de julio del 2014. La obra de Isaac Goldemberg tiene tres cauces centrales de expresión: la narrativa, el tea- tro y la poesía ...