Katschen & the Book of Joseph

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Katschen & The Book of Joseph makes an American debut for Israeli writer Yoel Hoffmann. Intensely moving, the two novellas display the entirely original poetry and hypnotic verve of Hoffmann's atomized language. "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 Palestine.

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World Literature Today, Summer 1998
Yoel Hoffmann's prose has a poetic quality, full of imagery and symbolism;although the two unique novellas, The Book of Joseph and Katschen, are in prose, in many respects they read more like poetry. Hoffmann interweaves several beautiful poems between the paragraphs in The Book of Joseph. The paragraphs are like collages that, when placed together, tell the tragic story of a tailor and his son, devoutly religious Jews whose lives end tragically in 1938 Berlin at the hands of a brutal Nazi. Hoffmann writes Katschen is a similarly poetic, imagistic and minimalist style. Katschen, like The Book of Joseph, possesses dark humor and ends ominously. Hoffmann skillfully views life through the eyes of a confused and innocent young boy who possesses a vivid imagination and never loses hope regardless of his misfortunes.

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Yoel Hoffmann was born in Brasow, Romania in 1937. He is presently a citizen of Israel, and is Professor of Eastern Philosophy at the U. of Haifa. He has had a lifelong scholarly engagement with Hebrew literature, Western philosophy, and Japanese Buddhism. His is the winner of the first Koret Jewish Book Award. His books include The Heart is Katmandu, Bernhardt, The Christ of Fish, and Katschen & The Book of Joseph.

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