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Stavans and Sheinkin have created that unusual literary piece in which, with a small dab of fiction added to a meaty portion of fact, the reader experiences both an enhanced understanding of the history and a delight in the fictional garnish. Stavans, a Mexican émigré who teaches at Amherst College, and Sheinkin, who illustrates and writes the juvenile graphic novels featuring Rabbi Harvey in the Wild West, prove the right team to bring to life the complex past and even more complicated present of the crypto-Jews of New Mexico. The narrative features Stavans as himself and hurls him into a murder mystery that unfolds upon his arrival in Santa Fe. In conversations that are depicted in long passages, Stavans fills in the history of crypto-Jewish settlement in the area without letting the pace of the mystery waver. This unusual work offers crossover appeal for those who don’t normally read graphic novels, and it is a great introduction to the fascinating history of Crypto-Judaism in the American Southwest. --Francisca Goldsmith

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“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

“A death in the desert... missing documents... a stubborn priest... a persistent young woman grieving the loss of her cousin and trying to solve his death... Jewish symbols showing up in mysterious places... is this the plot of the latest Indiana Jones movie? Not quite, but maybe something even better. The new graphic novel by well-known literary critic Ilan Stavans and graphic novelist Steve Sheinkin packs a punch that is at once a gripping whodunit and a fascinating lesson on crypto-Jews in New Mexico... The story is fast-paced and fascinating, with a delightful blend of history and humor. Sheinkin’s illustrations are immediately recognizable to fans of his Rabbi Harvey series, and his choice of colors and attention to details result in a beautifully entertaining book that will surely become a classic.”
Jewish Book World

"[S]uspenseful and spine-tingling.... [I]t is a story stuffed with intrigue – it will make you want to pay a little more attention to the past.... El Iluminado proves anything can be discovered."
Los Alamos Daily Post

El Iluminado is a page-turning whodunit that delivers a substantial history lesson in a clear, entertaining way.”
The Phoenix New Times, Jackalope Culture Blog

"Part murder mystery, part religious history, part identity quest, the graphic novel El Iluminado leaps across time and borders.... Stavans is one of the most prolific, best-known, and sometimes controversial scholars of Hispanic culture in the United States."
Pasatiempo (Santa Fe)

“A suspenseful historical mystery in the form of a graphic novel. [El Iluminado is] enlivened by Stavans’s learning but also leavened by his wit, and drawn in a clear, fast-paced style by Steve Sheinkin.”
Rain Taxi Review of Books

“Exquisite... there is a wonderful story to be learned.”
San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review

“Another bold... experiment from an academic with impeccable credentials and a keen sense of the secrets we hold most dear.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[A] humorous yet informative look at the history of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico.... El Iluminado is a quirky tale with enough conspiracy, church history and secret documents to fill a Dan B
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465032575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465032570
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book offers a great entertaining story that presents the history and presence of Crypto Jews mainly in New Mexico following the stories of a present family in parallel to the story of XVI century Luis Carvajal, but adding the element of suspense in the style of The Da Vinci Code. The author presents the novel in a very clear, fun, and informative way, and the illustrations are spot on; an overall great accomplishment. I have been interested in the history of Sephardic Jews in Mexico, and especially in my hometown of Monterrey, Nuevo León, because in my family we also have followed some traditions which are originally Sephardic. Not to mention that Luis Carvajal y de la Cueva (important character in the book) was the first Governor of the State of Nuevo León back when the territory of Nuevo León was bigger and expanded to parts of what is now New Mexico. I have read many books in the subject and although this one is not as dense in information as others, it is very entertaining and offers a general idea for those new to the topic. I strongly recommend it!
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I loved this book. I am a big fan of Sheinkin's Rabbi Harvey series, and the same sly humor was evident in this collaboration. The one article I had read by Stavans was very interesting, so it was great to have them working together. The story was plausible, suspenseful, and held my interest. Loved the references to the Santa Fe Opera (on my bucket list) and Life is a Dream. I highly recommend it.
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"You have an annoying habit of confusing literature with life, Stavans," a colleague tells Ilan Stavans midway through the wildly captivating and fun El Iluminado. He's speaking to the character of Ilan, but it's a knowing wink to the reader, who may have noticed that the writer of this tale shares the name of the protagonist. Actually, they have a lot in common: Like his leading man, writer Ilan Stavans is a professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and an expert on the culture of the Crypto-Jew (families of Jewish peoples who have hidden their religious identities for centuries, usually to avoid persecution or even death).

The fictional Stavans makes a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to be a guest lecturer and then hopefully take in an opera (a production of Life Is a Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca). But his plans are upset when he gets embroiled in a Da Vinci Code-like mystery involving modern Crypto-Jews. It begins with the death of a young man named Rolando. His cousin enlists Stavans' help to track down the real cause of his death (and the person or persons behind it).

That leads to even greater intrigue and mystery. Most of it is good fun, and Stavans (the real one) delights in spilling Santa Fe's wonderfully interesting secrets. It is, as he points out via a Jeopardy! question that plays in the background in a panel, the United States' oldest capital city...and that comes with a lot of history. Stavans takes great delight in mining it.

-- John Hogan
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The story is complex, and a bit cryptic, it's a real page turner. At times it took a hard look at the illustration to see which of the women characters were "talking" as only by hair color were they clearly distinct. They "layered" events were intriguing and carried the plot well. The end was logical but a bit of a "let down" after the dramatic events of the plot. Surely there could have been an ending just as imaginative as the rest of the book. It felt like the writer ran out of ideas. Still, it's a unique and beautiful enough book to want to own it.
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This was the first time I had read a graphic novel and I wasn't sure I would like reading one. However, the subject, the crypto-Jews of New Mexico, interested me so I decided to give it a try. I surprised myself by truly enjoying the book. The plot held together well and the story was fascinating. I definitely learned a lot.
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I didn't know anything about crypto Jews in New Mexico before reading this book. A lot of cool history is given in a layered story. The illustrations are really fun and bring the story to life. Makes me want to visit N.M.
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A clever way to tell a story with background information all should know. The present day consequences of a grievous act hundreds of years ago.
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For anyone with an interest in the history of the effect of the Inquisition on the Jews of Spain, this book is an eye-opener. My own fascination with the convergence of Latino and Judeo cultures was deeply satisfied by the story, a classic page turner by an historian with a flare for drama with an underpinning of humor. The drawings provided a gentle highlight to the telling, and made me hope to see El Iluminado made into film. But if that should ever come to be, read the book first. It's terrific.
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