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Ilan Stavans

Autor(a) de The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories

122+ Works 2,095 Membros 32 Críticas 2 Favorited

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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


Obras por Ilan Stavans

The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Editor; Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories (1993) — Editor — 128 exemplares
Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album (2004) — Editor — 116 exemplares
Latino USA: A Cartoon History (2000) 107 exemplares
Dictionary Days (2005) 66 exemplares
Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015) 66 exemplares
The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010) — General editor — 58 exemplares
El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel (2012) 55 exemplares
The Urban Muse (1997) 40 exemplares
The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (2005) — Editor — 25 exemplares
Popol Vuh: A Retelling (2020) 19 exemplares
New World: Young Latino Writers (1996) 19 exemplares
Reclaiming Travel (2015) 15 exemplares
The Essential Ilan Stavans (2000) 13 exemplares
Loteria (2004) 9 exemplares
Golemito (2013) 9 exemplares
Mr. Spic Goes to Washington (2008) 9 exemplares
Octavio Paz: A Meditation (2002) 9 exemplares
Love and Language (2007) 9 exemplares
Borges, the Jew (2016) 6 exemplares
I Love My Selfie (2017) 6 exemplares
What Is American Literature (2022) 6 exemplares
Knowledge and Censorship (2008) 4 exemplares
Latino History and Culture (2007) 3 exemplares
God, A History of God (2014) 3 exemplares
La Condicion Hispanica (1999) 3 exemplares
Prontuario (1985) 2 exemplares
The Wall (Pitt Poetry Series) (2018) 2 exemplares
A Critic's Journey (2010) 2 exemplares
The new world Haggadah (2015) 2 exemplares
Blimunda 1 exemplar
The Oven: An Anti-Lecture (2018) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (2005) — Editor — 895 exemplares
Rebellion in the Backlands (1902) — Introdução, algumas edições605 exemplares
Tent of Miracles (1969) — Introdução, algumas edições479 exemplares
Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (1980) — Introdução, algumas edições471 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection (1999) — Contribuidor — 265 exemplares
Poems, Protest, and a Dream: Selected Writings (1997) — Introdução, algumas edições252 exemplares
Selected Writings (Penguin Classics) (1986) — Introdução, algumas edições; Editor, algumas edições57 exemplares
American Visa (2007) — Posfácio, algumas edições53 exemplares
Masterworks of Latin American Short Fiction: Eight Novellas (1996) — Introdução, algumas edições48 exemplares
Muy Macho (1996) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology (Latinographix) (2018) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
The Last Tortilla & Other Stories (1999) — Introdução, algumas edições36 exemplares
The Review of Contemporary Fiction 1996: The Future of Fiction (1996) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge (2006) — Editor — 19 exemplares
Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies (2004) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Mestizo (1988) — Introdução, algumas edições15 exemplares
The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (Oxford Handbooks) (2014) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Mexican Village and Other Works (2008) — Prefácio — 6 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



It's hard to read creation myths without understanding the cultural references, but you'd need so many footnotes it would probably look like pages of Talmud. There were a few references I caught that weren't fully explained in the text (e.g. the creation of humans from maize involves Paxil, brokenness, and Cayala, bitter water, to create human blood --- nixtamalization!), but that just proved to me how much was going over my head. Getting a sense of the shape of the mythology (descending and sometimes rising from the underworld, repeated apocalypses) and some common themes (twins) was still worthwhile and interesting.

Sadly not a comic (I would read the hell out of that) but nice, if intermittent, illustrations. But again, with so much visual symbolism that I know I must have been missing....!

Pronunciation guide thanks to my excellent linguistics nerd friend Cass: "x" = "sh", "j" = "h" (like in Spanish). I assume ' is for a glottal stop, but don't quote me on that. This seems like the kind of thing that should have been in the book....
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caedocyon | 1 outra crítica | Jan 2, 2024 |
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 outra crítica | Sep 25, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
fernandie | 1 outra crítica | Sep 15, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |



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