Luso-American Literature: Writings by Portuguese-Speaking Authors in North America
Edited and introduced by Robert Moser & Antonio Tosta
Rutgers University Press, 375 pags, 2011.
Portuguese and Cape Verdean immigrants have had a significant presence in North America since the nineteenth century. Recently, Brazilians have also established vibrant communities in the U.S. This anthology brings together, for the first time in English, the writings of these diverse Portuguese-speaking, or “Luso-American” voices. Historically linked by language, colonial experience, and cultural influence, yet ethnically distinct, Luso-Americans have often been labeled an “invisible minority.” This collection seeks to address this lacuna, with a broad mosaic of prose, poetry, essays, memoir, and other writings by more than fifty prominent literary figures – immigrants and their descendants, as well as exiles and sojourners. It is an unprecedented gathering of published, unpublished, forgotten, and translated writings by a transnational community that both defies the stereotypes of ethnic literature, and embodies the drama of the immigrant experience. Sergio Vilas-Boas takes part in this collection with Disha for four hours, one of the chapters of his novel “Foreigners On The N Train” (1997).