The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2460-8
Publication Date
October 2007
Page Count
208 pages
Trim Size
6 x 7 1/2

The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories

The One-Handed Pianist was published to acclaim in the early 1990's, with the two-part Spanish edition winning the Latino Literature Prize in 1989 and the Gamma Literature Prize in 1992. Its tales look at what it means to be Jewish in the Hispanic world-- a world in which spirituality is often exercised outside the realm of orthodoxy.


Stavans constructs fables that raise questions about ethnicity and community; even Stavans' person raises questions about ethnicity and community: what does it mean that a Jew of Eastern European lineage can call himself Latino and speak for that group?

About the Author

Born in Mexico to Russian-Polish Jewish parents, Ilan Stavans is a lexicographer, cultural commentator, and author who teaches at Amherst College in Massachusetts. His works include Dictionary Days (Graywolf Press, 2004), Spanglish (Rayo, 2004), the graphic novel Latino USA (Basic Books, 2000), and the autobiography On Borrowed Words (Penguin, 2002).


"A lyrical, daring and original literary voice."  --Miami Herald