Letter to a German Friend

  • Ilan Stavans


Dear Thomas K.: Sorry I didn’t answer your unexpected letter of May 8th, 1989, before, but I was quite surprised by it and needed some time to process its content. How would you have reacted if a perfect stranger astonished you the same way? I’ll tell you how I did: I loved finding a Luftpost envelope in my mailbox, stamped in the Deutsche Demokratischer Republik. Surprises nowadays come in the form of a telephone call. The epistolary genre is agonizing; nobody wants to communicate through writing anymore, so romance and friendship, trapped in the technological wire, are losing a poetic side.


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© Ilan Stavans 1996

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