The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories by Ilan Stavans

The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories

EditorIlan Stavans

Hardcover | November 15, 1998

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In this remarkably wide-ranging anthology, Ilan Stavans has collected the work of more than fifty notable Jewish writers from around the globe, weaving these diverse viewpoints and voices into a rich portrait of Jewish literary tradition. The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories takes us from the mid-1800s right up to the present, encompassing the full spectrum of Jewish writing around the world. The variety of tales captured here is stunning. Readers will find stories such as "A Yom Kippur Scandal" by Sholem Aleichem, the father ofYiddish literature; "Before the Law" by Franz Kafka; "Looking for Mr. Green" by Saul Bellow; "The Spinoza of Market Street" by Isaac Bashevis Singer; and "Midrash on Happiness" by Grace Paley. Stavans has included many pieces by Americans, including such markedly different writers as Cynthia Ozick,Bernard Malamud, Moacyr Seliar, Stanley Elkin, Delmore Schwartz, Dan Jacobson, Francine Prose, Allegra Goodman, and Philip Roth. And here too are pieces from around the globe, by writers no less varied: Isaac Babel, Italo Svevo, Primo Levi, Elias Canetti, Amos Oz, and Danilo Kis. What emerges inthe end is proof of an observation by Ba'al Makshoves--that the Jews may have many languages and a dozen echoes in foreign tongues, but only one literature. And it is one of the finest in the world. The many marvelous tales that fill The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories affirm that a shared identity can exist without sterile uniformity--and that writers can engage their religious and cultural heritage without losing touch with those rich, complex ambiguities that inhabit the heart.

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Ilan Stavans is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Amherst College. He is an award winning critic and novelist, whose books in English include The Hispanic Condition and The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays. He has been a National Book Critics' Circle Award nominee and the recipient of the Latino Literature Prize. He lives in Am...
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Title:The Oxford Book of Jewish StoriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 5.91 × 8.5 × 1.61 inPublished:November 15, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195110196

ISBN - 13:9780195110197

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A shared cultural heritage emerges from the stunning collection of work in The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories. Taking the reader from the mid-1800s through to the present, the book features writers like Grace Paley, Primo Levi, Philip Roth and Franz Kafka. Discover the richness of Jewish literature with this beautifully illustrated volume.

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"Provides an interesting chronology of Jewish literature from 1767 to 1997, highlighting crucial novels, plays, collections of stories and poems, major anthologies, and volumes of essays."--Booklist