Ilan Stavans


Grave-Robbers Target Cuba's Jewish Cemeteries in Search of Bones for Rituals

By Ilan Stavans

Grave-Robbers Target Cuba's Jewish Cemeteries in Search of Bones for Rituals
The Jewish cemeteries of Cuba are being looted fast. Some point to economic desperation — but others blame a strange occult practice involving the bones of non-Christians.Read More


Your Graphic Novel and Mine

By Ilan Stavans

Earlier this week, Ilan Stavans wrote about the problem with academic writing and asked: Is there a Jewish literary renaissance? His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit: Read More


Academic Freedom Is Wasted on Academics

By Ilan Stavans

Earlier this week, Ilan Stavans asked: Is there a Jewish literary renaissance? His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit: Read More


Is There a Jewish Literary Renaissance?

By Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His most recent books are the collection of essays “Singer’s Typewriter and Mine: Reflections on Jewish Culture” (University of Nebraska Press, 2002) and the graphic novel “El Iluminado” (Basic Books, with Steve Sheinkin). His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit: Read More


Stopping To Think About the Roses

By Ilan Stavans

Stopping To Think About the Roses
There was a time when Latin American writers felt compelled — maybe the word is “constrained” — to focus their work on Latin America. Andrés Neuman takes a more global approach.Read More



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