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The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories - Ilan Stavans

The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories

By: Ilan Stavans (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 1999
ISBN: 9780195110197
Number Of Pages: 512

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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.

"The volume deserves high marks for Stavan's incisive introduction and informative headnotes, and for its preserving in such attractive and convenient form gems like Israel Zangwill's 'Tug of Love,' Natalia Ginzburg's 'House at the Sea,' and Alcina Lubitch Domeq's brief, searing 'Bottles.' A landmark collection."--Kirkus Reviews "The beauty of this collection is found in its far-reaching Diaspora--the underlying inherent connection of Jews everywhere and at any time.... Stavans evokes, through these selected stories, that a shared identity, centuries old, holds myriad possibilities in the expression of it."--ForeWord "Stavan's...informative introduction discusses language and tradition, and he 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."--George Cohen, Booklist "Featuring 53 stories from around the world, dating from 1806 to 1997, this welcome anthology offers a superb selection.... Stavans's illuminating introduction serves as a suggestive road map of Jewish literature from shtetl to Holocaust to modern Diaspora."--Publishers Weekly "This anthology is more than glittering: it's a reminder that anything--anything--is possible in a story.... The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories is confidently edited by Ilan Stavan.... Stavans has chosen stories that reflect both the power and the genuinely ambiguous nature of the Jewish tradition."--The Times, London "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

Introduction: Language and Traditionp. 3
The Rabbi's Sonp. 27
The Calfp. 30
If Not Higher ...p. 44
A Yom Kippur Scandalp. 48
The Motherp. 54
Tug of Lovep. 58
The Kissp. 64
America and Ip. 68
Holy Landp. 78
Before the Lawp. 86
At Nightp. 89
The Fool and the Forest Demonp. 92
Camacho's Wedding Feastp. 97
A Whole Loafp. 105
The Street of Crocodilesp. 117
The Story of My Dovecotp. 125
The Spinoza of Market Streetp. 135
The Sacrifice of the Prisonerp. 150
Prophet in Our Midst: A Story for Passoverp. 154
In Dreams Begin Responsibilitiesp. 158
Angel Levinep. 166
Looking for Mr. Greenp. 176
House at the Seap. 194
The Hand That Fed Mep. 200
The Mirror Makerp. 213
The Key Gamep. 217
Midrash on Happinessp. 220
Letter from His Fatherp. 223
Family Tiesp. 237
The Shawlp. 245
The True Waitingp. 250
The Zulu and the Zeidep. 252
Criers and Kibitzers, Kibitzers and Criersp. 264
Playing Ball on Hampstead Heathp. 289
Berthap. 300
The Conversion of the Jewsp. 312
Dogs and Booksp. 325
The Yatir Evening Expressp. 336
In the Name of His Namep. 355
The Ballad of the False Messiahp. 358
Nomad and Viperp. 364
The Conversionp. 379
Useful Ceremoniesp. 386
Lazar Malkin Enters Heavenp. 397
The Legacy of Raizel Kaidish: A Storyp. 407
Postscript to a Dead Languagep. 415
Bottlesp. 430
Elvis, Axl, and Mep. 432
Cherries in the Iceboxp. 438
Three Nightmaresp. 447
Endless Visibilityp. 455
The Art Bizp. 459
Chronologyp. 471
Contents by Themep. 483
Creditsp. 487
Author Indexp. 493
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ISBN: 9780195110197
ISBN-10: 0195110196
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st February 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.8  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.74