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Ilan Stavans

Author of The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories

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About the Author

Ilan Stavans (born Ilan Stavchansky on April 7, 1961, in Mexico City) is a Mexican-American, essayist. He is the author of "The Hispanic Condition", "The Riddle of Cantinflas", and "The One-Handed Pianist & Other Stories" as well as the editor of "The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories" and a dictionary show more of Spanglish, among other volumes. He has been a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Latino Literature Prize, among other honors. He teaches at Amherst College. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Stavans at the 2015 Texas Book Festival. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44475580


Works by Ilan Stavans

The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Editor; Contributor — 127 copies
Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories (1993) — Editor — 126 copies
Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album (2004) — Editor — 113 copies
Dictionary Days (2005) 67 copies
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010) — General editor — 57 copies
The Urban Muse (1997) 40 copies
The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (2005) — Editor — 24 copies
Popol Vuh: A Retelling (2020) 18 copies
Reclaiming Travel (2015) 15 copies
The Essential Ilan Stavans (2000) 13 copies
Octavio Paz: A Meditation (2002) 10 copies
Golemito (2013) 9 copies
Loteria (2004) 8 copies
Love and Language (2007) 8 copies
I Love My Selfie (2017) 6 copies
Borges, the Jew (2016) 5 copies
Knowledge and Censorship (2008) 4 copies
God, A History of God (2014) 3 copies
A Critic's Journey (2010) 2 copies
La Condicion Hispanica (1999) 2 copies
The new world Haggadah (2015) 2 copies
Prontuario (1985) 1 copy
Blimunda 1 copy

Associated Works

The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (2005) — Editor — 873 copies
Rebellion in the Backlands (1902) — Introduction, some editions — 584 copies
Tent of Miracles (1969) — Introduction, some editions — 472 copies
Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (1980) — Introduction, some editions — 463 copies
Poems, Protest, and a Dream: Selected Writings (1997) — Introduction, some editions — 240 copies
Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) (1986) — Introduction, some editions; Editor, some editions — 56 copies
American Visa (2007) — Afterword, some editions — 53 copies
Masterworks of Latin American Short Fiction: Eight Novellas (1996) — Introduction, some editions — 46 copies
Muy Macho (1996) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Last Tortilla & Other Stories (1999) — Introduction, some editions — 36 copies
Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge (2006) — Editor — 19 copies
Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies (2004) — Contributor — 17 copies
Mestizo (1988) — Introduction, some editions — 15 copies
Mexican Village and Other Works (2008) — Foreword — 6 copies


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I have mixed feelings about Stavans. He's undeniably sharp - I love his notion that the US should consider Spanish a native language, for example, or his refusal to reduce Latines to "brown" - but he often slides towards self indulgence (Ilan, we don't want to hear about your dreams! In. every. damn. book!) and self regard. In short, worth reading but expect to be annoyed.
giovannigf | 1 other review | Sep 25, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Note: I received a digital galley of this book through NetGalley.
fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |



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