Katschen & the Book of Joseph (New Directions Paperbook) (Paperback)

By Yoel Hoffmann, David Kriss (Translator), Edward A. Levenston (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811214056, 161pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 1999

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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. "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 enchanting--it's like nothing else.