The Disappearance

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2374-8
Publication Date
September 2006
Page Count
144 pages
Trim Size
5 1/4 x 8 1/2

The Disappearance

A Novella and Stories
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 está 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' reputation as a lyrical, daring, and original literary voice.
About the Author
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five-College 40th Anniversary Professor at Amherst College. His books include The Essential Ilan Stavans (Routledge, 2000), The Hispanic Condition: The Power of a People (Rayo, 2001), On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language (Penguin, 2002), and Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion (Graywolf, 2005). He is also the author of Bandido: The Death and Resurrection of Oscar "Zeta" Acosta (Northwestern, 2003, sold 537 paper copies). Stavans has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship and Chile's Presidential Medal.

"One of the most influential figures in Latino literature in the United States." —The New York Times

"Ilan Stavans is an intellectual force to reckon with." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Ilan Stavans beautifully demonstrates that the best way to suggest the extraordinary is through the ordinary." —The Boston Globe