Oxford Book of Jewish Stories

ISBN-10: 0195110196

ISBN-13: 9780195110197

Edition: 1998

Authors: Ilan Stavans

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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 of Yiddish 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 in the 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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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/19/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Ilan Stavans is the author of "The Hispanic Condition", "The Riddle of Cantinflas", & "The One-Handed Pianist & Other Stories" as well as the editor of "The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories" & a dictionary of Spanglish, among other volumes. He has been a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee & the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship & the Latino Literature Prize, among other honors. He teaches at Amherst College.

Preface
Introduction: Language and Tradition
The Rabbi's Son
The Calf
If Not Higher ...
A Yom Kippur Scandal
The Mother
Tug of Love
The Kiss
America and I
Holy Land
Before the Law
At Night
The Fool and the Forest Demon
Camacho's Wedding Feast
A Whole Loaf
The Street of Crocodiles
The Story of My Dovecot
The Spinoza of Market Street
The Sacrifice of the Prisoner
Prophet in Our Midst: A Story for Passover
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
Angel Levine
Looking for Mr. Green
House at the Sea
The Hand That Fed Me
The Mirror Maker
The Key Game
Midrash on Happiness
Letter from His Father
Family Ties
The Shawl
The True Waiting
The Zulu and the Zeide
Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criers
Playing Ball on Hampstead Heath
Bertha
The Conversion of the Jews
Dogs and Books
The Yatir Evening Express
In the Name of His Name
The Ballad of the False Messiah
Nomad and Viper
The Conversion
Useful Ceremonies
Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven
The Legacy of Raizel Kaidish: A Story
Postscript to a Dead Language
Bottles
Elvis, Axl, and Me
Cherries in the Icebox
Three Nightmares
Endless Visibility
The Art Biz
Chronology
Contents by Theme
Credits
Author Index
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