El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel by Ilan StavansEl Iluminado: A Graphic Novel by Ilan Stavans

El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel

byIlan Stavans, Steve Sheinkin

Hardcover | November 13, 2012

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When young Rolando Pérez falls to his death from a cliff outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, the mysteries immediately begin to accumulate. Was he pushed or did he jump? What are the documents that Rolando was willing sacrifice himself to protect from his family, the police, and the Catholic Church? And what does a colorfulconchapastry have to do with any of this?

In the midst of the investigation, Professor Ilan Stavans arrives in Santa Fe to give a lecture about the area's long-buried Jewish history. He's looking forward to relaxing afterwards with an evening of opera, but his presentation on "crypto-Jews” attracts unexpected attention, and soon Ilan is drawn into a desperate race to find the long-lost documents that might hold the key to Rolando's death. Ilan's detective work leads him to taco joints, desert ranches, soaring cathedrals, and, finally, deep into the region's past, where he encounters another young man: Luis de Carvajal, aka "El Iluminado,” a sixteenth-century religious dissenter. In a tale of martyrdom that eerily echoes Rolando's, Carvajal fled Spain for colonial Mexico at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, searching for his religious heritage#151;a hunt for which he, like Rolando, would pay the ultimate price.

InEl Iluminado, esteemed literary critic Ilan Stavans and author and illustrator Steve Sheinkin present a secret history of religion in the Americas, showing how thousands of European refugees have left a trail of ghostly footprints#151;and troves of mysteries#151;across the American Southwest.
Ilan Stavansis Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture and Five-College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College. He is the authorof Latino USA: A Cartoon Historyand editor ofThe Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and adapted into theater and film. Re...
Title:El Iluminado: A Graphic NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.45 × 7 × 0.88 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0465032575

ISBN - 13:9780465032570

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Editorial Reviews

“Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin's graphic novel takes a highly entertaining and informative journey through a largely unknown slice of New Mexican and Jewish history. El Iluminado reads a bit like a crypto-Jewish DaVinci Code.... An undeniably weighty and meaningful chapter of American history, an epic tale with a tragic sweep.... A reminder of the human longing that often drives those who search for their ‘true' religious and cultural identities.” —Los Angeles Times, Jacket Copy “Regardless of your background, Stavans and Sheinkin's graphic novel will illuminate you.... It will compel you to see the world through Jewish and immigrant eyes, and remind you that home isn't a place, but a state of mind.” —ABC News/Univision "El Iluminado is a delightful surprise of a book.... A graphic novel turns out to be a great way to explore this religious history." —San Antonio Express-News “Combines history, spirituality and a murder mystery sprinkled with a touch of Spanglish.” —Albuquerque Journal “Secrets abound in El Iluminado.... [Stavans and Sheinkin] embroider the mystery with plenty of history and not a little wry humor, too.”—Jewish Journal