“Part novel, part memoir, part neither, is a frolicking dive into the self of the writer.” — Phillip Witte (Three Percent)
“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
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.