The Heart is Katmandu by Yoel Hoffmann

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The Heart Is Katmandu tells a tale of new love—of paradise gained.

Set in today's Haifa and presented in 237 dream-like small chapters, it is a book in which shyness and stumbling tenderness emerge triumphant. Poet Peter Cole has made a beautiful translation, capturing Hoffmann's intense and unfathomably original style. A starred Kirkus Review acclaimed the novel "Beautiful, humane, priceless."

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Yoel Hoffmann was born in Brasow, Romania in 1937. He is presently a citizen of Israel, and is Professor of Eastern Philosophy at the U. of Haifa. He has had a lifelong scholarly engagement with Hebrew literature, Western philosophy, and Japanese Buddhism. His is the winner of the first Koret Jewish Book Award. His books include The Heart is Katmandu, Bernhardt, The Christ of Fish, and Katschen & The Book of Joseph. Peter Cole's poems are collected in What Is Doubled: Poems 1981-1998. His books include The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492; Things on Which I've Stumbled; and Hebrew Writers on Writing. His many honors include the PEN Translation Prize and in 2007 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
Published June 1, 2001 by New Directions. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hoffman’s narrative derives much of its humor from his surrealist juxtapositions: Batya’s “toes refute the theory of relativity,” Yehoahim’s closet has a name and personality, winter flights are cheap because one can “grab hold of the wing of the plane, as in a picture by Chagall.” Underlying all...

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