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Yoel Hoffmann

Fiction, 2009

Part novel and part memoir, Yoel Hoffmann’s CURRICULUM VITAE is the remarkable summation of the writer’s life: his early years in Palestine; his school days and adolescence; his two marriages; fatherhood; his immersion in Japanese Buddhism; his travels; his writing and his ever-surprising inner life. CURRICULUM VITAE evolves from its quiet opening into a hypnotic and astonishing meditation on growth and mortality. Funny and utterly unique, the book looks backward and inward even as its hero is propelled into the future.

Rights Sold to:

France, Galaade; Israel, Keter; USA, New Directions 


“Not just a good writer but a great one. Hoffmann has the ability to find, in the moment-to-moment dislocation of daily existence, epiphanies of revelatory force… What he has achieved is a kind of magic.” – The Chicago Tribune

“[Hoffmann] holds the world, decades, entire lives, sorrows and beauties all as if in a pair of cupped hands…Beautiful, humane, priceless.” – Kirkus

“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

“But the sweetest pleasure of reading his latest book comes in listening to Hoffmann create a language with which to remember the past as it felt when it was present. It is tempting to say that the hundred fragments of Curriculum Vitae are Hoffmann’s pearls – mysterious in origin, scattered, but in the end beautifully retrieved.” – Ha’aretz Book Review

“Hoffmann writes in a language of miracles.” – American Book Review

“Part novel, part memoir, part neither, Curriculum Vitae is a frolicking dive into the self of the writer.” – Phillip Witte, Three Percent

“A wise and delicate book.” – Yediot Aharonot

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

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

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