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Yoel Hoffmann

Yoel Hoffmann was born in Romania in 1937 to a Jewish family of Austro-Hungarian culture, who came to pre-state Israel when Hoffman was one year old. His mother's early death and the years spent boarding with family members and in a children's home until his father's remarriage figure prominently in his work. A professor emeritus of Japanese poetry, Buddhism and philosophy at Haifa University, Hoffman earned his doctorate in Japan. He also spent two years in a Buddhist monastery, and has translated Japanese poetry. Hoffman has received the Koret Jewish Book Award (US, 1999), the Neuman Prize (1999), the Bialik Prize (2002) and the Prime Minister's Prize (2008).







Books Published in Hebrew
The Book of Joseph (novellas), Keter/ Massada, 1988 [Sefer Yossef]
It's a Good Idea to Buy Elephants in February (children), Massada, 1988 [Be-Februar Kedai Liknot Pilim]
Bernhard (novel), Keter, 1989 [Bernhard]
The Christ of Fish (novel), Keter, 1991; Keter, Yedioth Ahronoth, 2011 [Kristus Shel Dagim]
Guttapercha, Keter, 1993 [Gutapersha]
How Do You Do, Dolores? (novel), Keter, 1995 [Ma Shlomech Dolores]
The Heart Is Katmandu (novel), Keter, 2000 [Ha-Lev Hu Katmandu]
The Shunra and the Schmetterling (novel), Keter, 2001 [Ha-Shunra Ve-Ha-Shmeterling]
Ephraim (novel), Keter, 2003 [Ephraim]
Curriculum Vitae (novel), Keter, 2007 [Curriculum Vitae]
Moods (novel), Keter, 2010 [Matzavei Ruach]

Books in Translation
Bernhard
English: New York, New Directions, 1998; pback: 2006
German: Reinbek, Rowohlt, 1991
French: Paris, Galaade, 2008

Katschen & The Book of Joseph
English: New York, New Directions, 1998
German: Reinbek, Rowohlt, 1993
Italian: Rome & Naples, Cargo, 2006
French [Katschen only]: Paris, Galaade, 2011

The Book of Joseph
French (Le Tailleur d'Alexanderplatz): Paris, Galaade, 2013

The Christ of Fish
German: Hamburg, Rowohlt, 1997
Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, 1993
English: New York, New Directions, 1999; pback: 2006 

The Heart is Katmandu
English: New York, New Directions, 2001; pback: 2006

The Shunra and the Schmetterling
English: New York, New Directions, 2004

Curriculum Vitae
English: New York, New Directions, 2009

Moods
English: New York, New Directions, 2015






































































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