'Before it turns into a political, social, or maybe linguistic factor, bilingualism is a personal affair, intimate theater'. So writes Firmat during this ground-breaking learn of the interweaving of lifestyles and languages in a bunch of bilingual Spanish, Spanish-American and Latino writers. Unravelling the 'tongue ties' of such varied figures because the American thinker George Santayana, the emigré Spanish poet Pedro Salinas, Spanish American novelists Guillermo Cabrera Infante and María Luisa Bombal, and Latino memoirists Richard Rodriguez and Sandra Cisneros, Firmat argues that their careers are formed through a linguistic kin romance that includes negotiating among the competing claims and sights of Spanish and English.
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