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Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans is the author of numerous short stories and more than 15 works of nonfiction, including Quixote: The Novel and the World and Resurrecting Hebrew. 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 the Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College.


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The Underdogs
Written by Mariano Azuela, Revised by Beth Jorgensen, Translated by E. Munguia, Jr., Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2002
$11.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-75942-0 (0-375-75942-5)

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

AN Organizer's Tale
Written by Cesar Chavez, Edited by Ilan Stavans, Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2008
$16.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310526-8 (0-14-310526-4)

The first major collection of writings by civil rights leader Cesar Chavez

One of the most important civil rights leaders in American history, Cesar Chavez was a firm believer in the principles of nonviolence, and he effectively employed peaceful tactics to further his cause. Through his efforts, he helped achieve... Read more

Hopscotch, Blow-Up, We Love Glenda So Much
Written by Julio Cortazar, Translated by Gregory Rabassa and Paul Blackburn, Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | August 2014
$28.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71266-1 (0-375-71266-6)

These three groundbreaking works by Julio Cortázar—a major figure of world literature and one of the founders of the Latin American Boom—are published together in one volume for the first time, in honor of the centenary of his birth.
With his influential “counternovel” HOPSCOTCH and his unforgettable short stories, Cortázar... Read more

Written by Euclides da Cunha, Translated by Elizabeth Lowe, Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 2010
$20.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310607-4 (0-14-310607-4)

An important new translation of a fundamental work of Brazilian literature

Written by a former army lieutenant, civil engineer, and journalist, Backlands is Euclides da Cunha's vivid and poignant portrayal of Brazil's infamous War of Canudos. The deadliest civil war in Brazilian history, the conflict during the 1890s was... Read more

Selected Writings (Dario, Ruben)
Written by Ruben Dario, Translated by Andrew Hurley, Greg Simon and Stephen White, Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2005
$20.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303936-5 (0-14-303936-9)

Born in Nicaragua, Rubén Darío is known as the consummate leader of the Modernista movement, an esthetic trend that swept the Americas from Mexico to Argentina at the end of the nineteenth century. Seeking a language and a style that would distinguish the newly emergent nations from the old imperial power... Read more

Poems, Protest, and a Dream
Written by Juana Ines de la Cruz, Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 1997
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044703-3 (0-14-044703-2)

A bilingual edition of writings by Latin America's finest baroque poet

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648-1695) wrote her most famous prose work, La Respuesta a Sor Filotea, in 1691 in response to her bishop's injunction against her intellectual pursuits. A passionate and subversive defense of the rights of women to... Read more

Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition
Written by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Edited by Harold Augenbraun, Translated by Fanny Bandelier, Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2002
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-243707-0 (0-14-243707-7)

The New World story of the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca in his own words

This riveting true story is the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors (1528-1536). The author, Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, was a fortune-seeking Spanish nobleman and the treasurer of an expedition... Read more

Written by Domingo F. Sarmiento, Translated by Mary Peabody Mann, Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 1998
$17.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043677-8 (0-14-043677-4)

Ostensibly a biography of the gaucho barbarian Juan Facundo Quiroga, Facundo is also a complex, passionate work of history, sociology, and political commentary, and Latin America's most important essay of the nineteenth century. It is a study of the Argentine character, a prescription for the modernization of Latin America, and a protest... Read more

On Borrowed Words
Written by Ilan Stavans
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$17.00/19.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-200094-6 (0-14-200094-9)

Yiddish, Spanish, Hebrew, and English-at various points in Ilan Stavans's life, each of these has been his primary language. In this rich memoir, the linguistic chameleon outlines his remarkable cultural heritage from his birth in politically fragile Mexico, through his years as a student activist and young Zionist in Israel, to... Read more

Resurrecting Hebrew
Written by Ilan Stavans
Schocken | Hardcover | September 2008
$21.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-4231-7 (0-8052-4231-7)

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

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...

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The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature
Edited by Ilan Stavans
Schocken | Hardcover | January 2005
$27.50/39.95(Canada) | 978-0-8052-4228-7 (0-8052-4228-7)

The expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 gave rise to a series of rich, diverse diasporas that were interconnected through a common vision and joie de vivre. The exodus took these Sephardim to other European countries; to North Africa, Asia Minor, and South America; and, eventually, to the American... Read more

Spain, Take This Chalice from Me and Other Poems
Written by Cesar Vallejo, Edited by Ilan Stavans, Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, Introduction by Ilan Stavans
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 2008
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310530-5 (0-14-310530-2)

A major new bilingual edition of the Peruvian poet's work

Cesar Vallejo is one of the best-known Latin American poets of the twentieth century. Challenging, intense, and difficult to translate, Vallejo's work has often been overshadowed by his fervent endorsement of communism. Noted scholar Ilan Stavans tackles the avant- garde... Read more