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Ilan Stavans

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Ilan Stavans is the author of two collections of short stories and fifteen works of nonfiction, including On Borrowed Words and Dictionary Days. His many awards and honors include an Emmy nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pablo Neruda Medal, and the National Jewish Book Award (for his anthology The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature). He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College.

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The Underdogs
A Novel of the Mexican Revolution
Written by Mariano Azuela
Revised by Beth Jorgensen
Translated by E. Munguia, Jr.
Introduction by Ilan Stavans


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $11.95

Hailed as the greatest novel of the Mexican Revolution, The Underdogs recounts the story of an illiterate but charismatic Indian peasant farmer’s part in the rebellion against Porfirio Díaz, and his subsequent loss of belief in the cause when the revolutionary alliance becomes factionalized. Azuela’s masterpiece is a timeless, authentic portrayal... Read more >
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The Underdogs
A Novel of the Mexican Revolution
Written by Mariano Azuela
Revised by Beth Jorgensen
Translated by E. Munguia, Jr.
Introduction by Ilan Stavans


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $2.99

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Hopscotch, Blow-Up, We Love Glenda So Much

Written by Julio Cortazar
Introduction by Ilan Stavans


Format: Hardcover, 952 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $26.95

In time for his centenary: two groundbreaking works from a major figure of world literature, one of the founders of the Latin American Boom.

With these two books—the "counter-novel" Hopscotch and the short-story collection Blow-Up—Cortázar earned a place among the most innovative authors of the twentieth century. Hopscotch follows the adventures of an Argentinean writer living in... Read more >

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Resurrecting Hebrew

Written by Ilan Stavans


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $21.00

Here is the stirring story of how Hebrew was rescued from the fate of a dead language to become the living tongue of a modern nation. Ilan Stavans’s quest begins with a dream featuring a beautiful woman speaking an unknown language. When the language turns out to be Hebrew, a friend... Read more >
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Resurrecting Hebrew

Written by Ilan Stavans


Format: eBook
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $12.99

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The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature

Edited by Ilan Stavans


Format: eBook
Publisher: Knopf Group E-Books
On Sale: February 10, 2010
Price: $15.99

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The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature

Edited by Ilan Stavans


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $27.50

“If in approaching so vast and amorphous a bookshelf one should dare to venture any generalization, it is that the Sephardic cultural sensibility is in a perennial state of fluidity, continually redefining itself. Its purview spans the world. Nothing is foreign to it: as one door closes, another one opens. The... Read more >
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