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The Shunra and the Schmetterling
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date May 1, 2004
Pages 128
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811215671
ISBN-10 0811215679
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.25 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Shunra is Aramaic for cat. Schmetterling is German for butterfly. In Yoel Hoffmann's new book, these and numerous other creatures, cultures, and languages meet in a magical shimmering hymn to childhood. Hoffmann traces his hero's developing consciousness of the ways-and-wonders of the world as though he were peering through a tremendous kaleidoscope: all that was perceived, all that is remembered, is rendered in fluid fragments of color and light. With remarkable delicacy and sweep, Hoffmann captures childhood from the amazed inside out, and without the backward-looking wash of grown-up sentiment. Instead, the boy's deadpan registration of the human comedy around him is offered up as strangely magical fact. Beautifully translated by Peter Cole, The Shunra & the Schmetterling is fiction for lovers of poetry and poetry for lovers of fiction--a small marvel of a book, and one of the author's finest to date.

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9780811215671 | details & prices | 128 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $16.95
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