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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
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

English: New York, New Directions, 2015

Yoel Hoffmann

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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