Ilan Stavans


Fidel Castro Speaks Out About Freedom, Hope And Gary Shteyngart

By Ilan Stavans

Fidel Castro Speaks Out About Freedom, Hope And Gary Shteyngart
BACKWARD: Cuban leader Fidel Castro talks Jews, Gary Shteyngart and Katz’s Deli.Read More


Traveling Forward Through Fast-Changing Cuba in Search of Its Lost Jews

By Ilan Stavans

Traveling Forward Through Fast-Changing Cuba in Search of Its Lost Jews
As relations with Cuba begin to thaw, the Forward took a group of American Jews on a visit to the Communist country to explore its past — and future.Read More


What Will Cuba's 'Berlin Wall Moment' Mean for Island's Resilient Jews?

By Ilan Stavans

What Will Cuba's 'Berlin Wall Moment' Mean for Island's Resilient Jews?
The future is rushing to catch up with Cuba. Ilan Stavans asks how the exhilerating changes may transform the island — and what it will mean for the Jews.Read More


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



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