Isaac Goldemberg

Isaac Goldemberg

Director of the Latin American Writers Institute
Distinguished Professor, Humanities Department, B.A.,M.A.


Office Number: B-464

Office Tel: (718) 518-6680


Born in Peru, in 1945, Isaac Goldemberg is a renowned poet, playwright, and fiction writer. He has lived in New York since 1964 and is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, where he is also the Director of the Latin American Writers Institute  and the Editor of Hostos Review, an international journal of culture.

He is the author of three novels, two of which have been published in English to great acclaim. His ground breaking novel The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner, already in its 7th English edition, was described in the New York Times Book Review as "a moving exploration of the human condition” and in 2001 was selected by a panel of international scholars convened by the National Yiddish Book Center as one of the 100 greatest Jewish books of the last 150 years.

He is also the author of a collection of short fiction, eleven books of poems, and three plays. His work has been translated into several languages, reviewed in dozens of journals, and published in numerous journals and anthologies in Latin America, Europe and the United States. In 1998 the University of Puerto Rico Press published his The Grand Book of Jewish Latin America, a 1250-page anthology of Jewish Latin American writings, which includes the work of 140 writers.

His most recent publications are Tierra de nadie (a collection of short stories, 2006), La vida son los ríos (a collection of fiction and poetry, 2005; recipient of the P.E.N. Club of Peru Literature Award), Los Cementerios Reales (a collection of poems, 2004), Golpe de gracia (a play, 2003; recipient of Venezuela’s Estival Theater Award), Los autorretratos y las máscaras/Self-Portraits and Masks (a collection of poems, 2002), El nombre del padre (a novel, 2001), and Peruvian blues (a collection of poems, 2001; recipient of the P.E.N. Club of Peru Poetry Award).

He is also the recipient of the Orden de Don Quijote (2005), the Lluvia Editores Short Story Award (2000), the Nathaniel Judah Jacobson Award (1996), and the Nuestro Award in Fiction (1977).

Publications about his works include Identidad cultural y memoria colectiva en la obra de Isaac Goldemberg (Lima: Mosca Azul Editores, 2001), edited by Eduardo González Viaña; Isaac Goldemberg ou l’homme du Livre (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2002), by Dorita Nouhaud;  Luces de la memoria: Conversaciones con Isaac Goldemberg (Maracay: Editorial Arkadia, 2003), edited by Miguel Angel Zapata; Crossing Cultures in Isaac Goldemberg’s Works (Hanover, NH: Ediciones del Norte, 2003), edited by Maureen Dolan; Isaac Goldemberg: The Esthetics of Fragmentation  (Culver City, CA: Antylo Press, 2003), edited by Saúl Sosnowski; Isaac Goldemberg ante la crítica: Una visión múltiple (Lima: Ediciones del Instituto Luis Alberto Sánchez, 2003), edited by Juan Paredes Carbonell; and Isaac Goldemberg: A Bibliography and Six Critical Studies (Hanover, NH: Ediciones del Norte, 2003), edited by Maureen Dolan.


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