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KALECHOFSKY / LATIN AMERICAN JEWISH WRITERS
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sal.
However, h e r interests often include, indeed often emphasize
Jewish matters. H e r father, Maximo Freilich, is a well known
Yiddish periodist in Venezuela and Alicia Segal is executive secre­
tary o f la Confederacion de Asociaciones Israelitas de Venezuela.
H e r books,
Entrevistados En Came Y Hueso
and
La Venedemocracia
contain interviews with major political and intellectual figures o f
Venezuela; and h e r two books,
Trialogo: Notas De Critica Urgente
and
Cuarta Dimension
contain h er comments on such con tempo­
r a ry issues as fem in ism , g h e t to e s , b lack s , H a r lem , a n d
Bangladesh.
Like many o the r Jewish writers in Latin America, Elisa L e rner
and Alicia Segal have e ither been to the United States or know the
United States very well. American political, intellectual and cul­
tural matters often figure predom inantly in the ir writing and are
sometimes used provocatively in the ir creative work, as New York
is in Elisa L e rne r ’s play, “In the Vast Silence o f M anhattan ,” o r in
Ben Ami F ihman’s story, “Coun terfo r t.” T h e re is no parallel to
this among North American Jewish writers. Fu rtherm o re , many
o f the Jewish writers from Latin America, have travelled broadly;
some, like Clarice Lispector from Brazil as the wife o f a diplomat;
others like Teresa Porzecanski from U ruguay and Esther Selig-
son from Mexico, who both studied and worked in o the r coun ­
tr ie s— Israel, Spain, France, England, in addition to the United
States. Worldliness, an awareness o f what is going on everywhere
both in literary and political movements, as well as an in terest in
specific Spanish and Ind ian influences, shown in the poetry o f
David Unger from Guatemala and the poetry o f Isaac Goldem­
berg, characterizes the literature.
OTHER VOICES
Outside o f A rgen tina and Venezuela the re are dom inan t single
voices such as Samuel Rovinski from Costa Rica. Born here in
1932, he is the single Jewish member among the 230 members of
the Association o f Costa Rican Authors. A civil engineer by p ro ­
fession, his plays and fiction have both earned him many awards.
His fiction,
La hora de los vencidos,
won the Premio Aquileo J.
Echeverria in 1963, and his two act play, “Un modelo para
Rosaura,” won the Premio Editorial Costa R ic a d eT e a tro in 1974.
Diego Viga is the pseudonym for Paul Engel who is a doctor as