Search Results: "Ilan Stavans"


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THE OXFORD BOOK OF JEWISH STORIES by Ilan Stavans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A landmark anthology."
A generous collection of 52 stories from Europe, Africa, and the Americas that spans two centuries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1995

A deeply considered essay on the Chicano movement's worldly Aquinas. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"An unusual anthology, then, well worth dipping into."
Accounts of religious persecution and exile, plus assertions of ethnic pride, dominate these 28 prose and verse selections: a collection representing the multinational minority culture that sprung from the 1492 expulsion of Spain's Jews. Read full book review >

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THE ONE-HANDED PIANIST by Ilan Stavans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The impulse behind these fictions is sometimes strongly felt, but their development is murky and inchoate: They all read like component parts of a single semi-coherent, perhaps unfinishable story."
A first collection of stories, including a novella and also an autobiographical essay, from the Mexican-born critic best known for his journalism and nonfiction studies of Latino history and culture (such as The Hispanic Condition, p. 151). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"This high-concept anthology helpfully showcases several other lesser-known writers as well - and joins Oxford's Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997) as one of the best currently available volumes in its field."
($17.95 paperback original; May; 327 pp.; 1-880684-49-7): A bilingual collection of 16 approximately contemporary stories chosen as their favorites by such esteemed translators as Gregory Rabassa, Edith Grossman, and Helen Lane. Read full book review >

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GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ by Ilan Stavans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Excellent. Longtime students of García Márquez will find fresh insights, and Stavans provides an excellent introduction for those readers new to the master's work."
Illuminating study of the first writings of Colombian literary giant best known for One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967). Read full book review >

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NEW WORLD by Ilan Stavans
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

The pangs of cultural dislocation and the pressures imposed by both rural and urban poverty are central themes in this generous anthology of 23 stories by mostly unfamiliar Hispanic-American writers. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"The border breaks down at this collection's core. No matter how resonant the metaphor, the writers Stavans has gathered do not address cultural and political divisions as directly as the omnipresent links between power, language, and art."
A collection of "piezas de ocasion" - slim essays, reviews and prologues by South American writers looking north, and North American writers looking south. Read full book review >

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QUIXOTE by Ilan Stavans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Stavans brings infectious enthusiasm and penetrating scholarship to this lively investigation of a grand novel and its readers."
The 400-year history of the deeply influential Spanish novel. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A penetrating analysis of the displacement and internal divisions created by linguistic adaptation, but undermined by a rickety narrative structure."
An often sophisticated, more frequently discursive memoir on transnational and translingual migration from Mexican-born critic and scholar Stavans (Latino U.S.A., 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Too scholarly for some readers, but Stavans provides a relevant, fresh point of view."
Born in Mexico City and educated in a Yiddish-language school, Stavans (Latin American and Latino Culture/Amherst Coll.; Gabriel García Márquez: The Early Years, 2010, etc.) collects some of his journalistic output as a deeply engaged cultural observer. Read full book review >

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RESURRECTING HEBREW by Ilan Stavans
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"A gem for readers interested in Hebrew and the politics of language."
A personal and intellectual search for the history of modern Hebrew. Read full book review >