“Part novel, part memoir, part neither, Curriculum Vitae
is a frolicking dive into the self of the writer.” (Phillip Witte - Three Percent)
“These bits and pieces of polished writing—like small, well-crafted gems—form a mosaic and give one a full portrait.” (Robert Leiter - Jewish Exponent)
“A wise and delicate book.” (Yediot Aharonot)
“A reason to celebrate...Hoffmann shows himself to be an artist of the profoundly fantastic.” (Hadassah Magazine)
“A writer of international importance...Hoffmann refracts Jewish popular lore and folk wisdom through a postmodernist prism, brightening his prose with snatches of verse, songs, diary excerpts, letters, ominous dreams, lush erotic passages and Yiddish sayings.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Hoffmann writes in a language of miracles.” (American Book Review)
“Composed of brief, joking remembrances that take the sorrows of origins' Judaism, and offer them, in reparation, as hope.” (Joshua Cohen - Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life)
About the Author
Yoel Hoffmann was born in Brasow, Romania in 1937. He is presently a citizen of Israel, and is Professor of Eastern Philosophy at the U. of Haifa. He has had a lifelong scholarly engagement with Hebrew literature, Western philosophy, and Japanese Buddhism. His is the winner of the first Koret Jewish Book Award. His books include The Heart is Katmandu, Bernhardt, The Christ of Fish, and Katschen & The Book of Joseph.
Peter Cole’s previous books of poems include Things on Which I’ve Stumbled (New Directions). Among his volumes of translation are The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition and The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492. Cole, who divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007.