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Katschen & the Book of Joseph: & The Book of Joseph
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date May 1, 1999
Pages 161
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811214056
ISBN-10 0811214052
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $11.95
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In two novellas, a Russian Jew flees with his son to Germany in the 1930s after the Cossacks kill his wife, and a little boy struggles to adjust to life in Palestine when he is orphaned (view table of contents)
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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 enchanting―it's like nothing else."

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9780811214056 | details & prices | 161 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $11.95
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