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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. qThe Book of Josephq tells the tragic story of a widowed Jewish tailor and his son in 1930s Berlin. qKatschenq 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 qutterly enchantinga€”it's like nothing else.qSuddenly he saw himself in the wardrobe mirror. His body was wrapped in a pink lace nightgown. Katschen brought his face closer to the face in the mirror until his nose touched the nose in the mirror. Then he stuck out his tongue until itanbsp;...

Author: Yoel Hoffmann, David Kriss, Alan Preister, Edward A. Levenston
Publisher:New Directions Publishing - 1998

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