Moacyr Scliar: The Centaur in the Garden

(Fiction, 216 pp. Portuguese, 1980; English translation, 1984)

An outsider among outsiders, a Jewish centaur narrates his life’s journey from his birth on a farm homesteaded by his Russian immigrant family in southern Brazil through his efforts to rid himself of the equine portion of his body and take his place in contemporary Brazilian society.  Listed by the National Yiddish Book Center as one of the 100 greatest works of modern Jewish literature, this earthy tale is one you won’t soon forget.  

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  • Review by Judy Bolton-Fasman, Jewish Reader, August 2003
  • Review by Jean Franco, New York Times, June 30, 1985
  • Judy Bolton-Fasman interviews Moacyr Scliar, Jewish Reader, 2003
  • Obituary by Ilan Stavans, Forward, March 18, 2011
  • Obituary by William Grimes, New York Times, March 14, 2011