The Disappearance : A Novella and Stories Hardback
by Ilan Stavans
Hailed as one of the most important Hispanic writers of his generation, Ilan Stavans is mostly known for his penetrating essays on culture.
He is also a celebrated storyteller whose work has been translated into a dozen languages and has garnered numerous international awards. ""The Disappearance: A Novella and Stories"" contains three small, masterful gems.
The novella ""Morirse esta en hebreo,"" is a thought-provoking meditation on continuity and tradition among Mexican Jews that takes place just as a decades-long, one-party dictatorship is crumbling down.
It is the basis for a critically-acclaimed Mexican feature film that will be released in the United States in late 2006.
The volume also features ""Xerox Man,"" an intriguing story about a book thief with a bizarre theological obsession, which was commissioned and broadcast by the BBC and has been widely anthologized.
The title story ""The Disappearance"" is the resonant tale of a Belgian actor who kidnaps himself in an attempt to respond to neo-Nazi groups.
Together, these three pieces offer an unforeseen vista of Jewish-Hispanic relations and confirm Stavans's reputation as a lyrical, daring, and original literary voice.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 152 pages
- Publisher: Northwestern University Press
- Publication Date: 15/07/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780810123748
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