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Kane reviews a literary anthology of Central American writing

Adrian Kane, a professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, recently published a review of “The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States,” a multi-genre literary anthology edited by Leticia Hernández-Linares, Rubén Martínez and Héctor Tobar.

“The Wandering Song,” which features poetry and prose by authors of Central American descent, engages with topics such as cultural identity, post-war trauma, U.S. imperialism and migration.

In his review, Kane concludes: “In the current political climate in the U.S., amidst calls for new border walls, headlines about Central American migrant caravans, and deliberate demonization of Latin American migrants, perhaps ‘The Wandering Song’s’ greatest achievement is its insight into the lived experiences and humanity of U.S. Central Americans. Through depictions of suffering, resilience, hope, fear, and occasionally joy, the humanity of the authors, poetic voices, and characters in this volume is on full display. ‘The Wandering Song’ is a testament to the courage of several generations of Central Americans that have sought a new life in the U.S. and the beauty of their contributions. ‘The Wandering Song’ is a landmark contribution to the cultural production of the U.S. Central American diaspora.”

The review is available on page 30 of the May 2020 issue of Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana.