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Curriculum Vitae Paperback – Jun 23 2009


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions; Original edition (June 23 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811218325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811218320
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 0.1 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g

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“Part novel, part memoir, part neither, is a frolicking dive into the self of the writer.”

“These bits and pieces of polished writing—like small, well-crafted gems—form a mosaic and give one a full portrait.”

“A wise and delicate book.”

“A reason to celebrate...Hoffmann shows himself to be an artist of the profoundly fantastic.”

“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.”

“Hoffmann writes in a language of miracles.”

“Composed of brief, joking remembrances that take the sorrows of origins' Judaism, and offer them, in reparation, as hope.”

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.

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Non-Traditional Memoir Oct. 23 2010
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Curriculume Vitae is a very reflective novel. Part novel, part memoir, Hoffman's life account is delivered in 100 vignettes reminiscent of the Japanese zen koan form. The narrator makes observations on big moments and small (almost mundane) ones, which begs the question: Why do we remember the things we do?

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.

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