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Curriculum Vitae (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – July 28, 2009
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“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)
“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)
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The kaleidoscopic fragments of the book are accompanied by Hoffman's own line drawings, abstract doodles that are often literal and funny. The usual story devices are absent here - there's no real plot, nothing to be resolved, just a life lived. It's a quick read; I finished it in one afternoon with appreciation for Hoffman's spare prose that is almost poetic in language.