Katschen & The Book Of Joseph (New Directions Paperbook)

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These two quietly stunning novellas mark the American debut of a writer of international importance. Publishers Weekly

In kaleidoscopic fragments, 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. The Book of Joseph tells the tragic story of a widowed Jewish tailor and his son in 1930s Berlin. Katschen gives an astounding child's-eye view of a boy orphaned in the new state of Israel. The novellas radiate the original poetry of Hoffmann's atomized hypnotic language, which Rosmarie Waldrop has called utterly enchantingit's like nothing else.

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