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Hoffman, Eva 1945-

Works: 48 works in 257 publications in 10 languages and 8,120 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Dedicatee
Classifications: PR6108.O34, B
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Most widely held works by Eva Hoffman
After such knowledge : memory, history, and the legacy of the Holocaust by Eva Hoffman( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty years after the Holocaust, the author explores the difficult process of preserving an authentic version of its tragic events. As the Holocaust recedes in time, the guardianship of its legacy is being passed on from its survivors and witnesses to the next generation. How should they, in turn, convey its knowledge to others? What are the effects of a traumatic past on its inheritors? And what are the second generation's responsibilities to its received memories? In this meditation on the long aftermath of atrocity, Eva Hoffman--a child of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust with the help of neighbors, but whose entire families perished--probes these questions through personal reflections, and through broader explorations of the historical, psychological, and moral implications of the second-generation experience. She examines the subterranean processes through which private memories of suffering are transmitted, and the more willful stratagems of collective memory. She traces the "second generation's" trajectory from childhood intimations of horror, through its struggles between allegiance and autonomy, and its complex transactions with children of perpetrators. As she guides us through the poignant juncture at which living memory must be relinquished, she asks what insights can be carried from the past to the newly problematic present, and urges us to transform potent family stories into a fully informed understanding of a forbidding history
Shtetl : the life and death of a small town and the world of Polish Jews by Eva Hoffman( Book )

21 editions published between 1942 and 2007 in English and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today the word 'shtetl' (Yiddish for 'small town') summons only hazy, distant associations: images of Chagall-like crooked streets and glowing Sabbath dinners on the one hand, of pogroms and brutal Cossacks on the other. In fact, the shtetl was a unique and highly resilient microsociety with its own customs, beliefs, and rituals, its own social distinctions, organizations, and civic structures. before its life was cut short by the tragedy of the Holocaust, the shtetl had also been a long and fascinating experiment in intimate multiculturalism. Before World War II, Bransk, in eastern Poland, was a shtetl whose population was equally divided between Poles and Jews. Today there are no Jews left in Bransk. This book reconstructs the lost world of Polish Jewry up until its final days. It explores its rich culture and institutions and looks at the forms of Polish-Jewish coexistence during several centuries, the shades of prejudice and tolerance, and the phases of conflict and comity. By probing the deep ambivalences that colored relations between Poles and Jews on the eve of World War II, it throws new light on the motives that influenced Christian villagers' decisions to rescue or betray their Jewish neighbors when the Nazis invaded. As an emigrant from Poland, the author brings a penetrating intelligence and compassionate eye to a history that is fraught with intensely private emotions and profound implications for humanity. -- from Book Jacket
The secret : a novel by Eva Hoffman( Book )

25 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Iris Surrey seems to have an ordinary childhood. Growing up with her mother in the cozy if enclosed comfort of a rambling wooden house in a Midwestern town, she has just about everything she might want or need. But something isn't quite right in her bell-jar world. As her isolation from her surroundings increases, she begins to sense an enigma in her mother's life. Or in her own."--Jacket
Appassionata by Eva Hoffman( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this story of contemporary love and conflict, Hoffman illuminates the currents and undercurrents of modern times, as she explores the luminous and dark faces of romanticism
Time by Eva Hoffman( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the modern world's dynamic perception of time and the ways in which new technologies and attitudes may be shaping the nature of human existence, in a volume that weighs such topics as jet-lag, aging, and cryogenic freezing
Illuminations by Eva Hoffman( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lost in translation : a life in a new language by Eva Hoffman( Book )

34 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The condition of exile is an exaggeration of the process of change and loss that many people experience as they grow and mature, leaving behind the innocence of childhood. Eva Hoffman spent her early years in Cracow, among family friends who, like her parents, had escaped the Holocaust and were skeptical of the newly imposed Communist state. Hoffman's parents managed to immigrate to Canada in the 1950s, where Eva was old enough to feel like a stranger--bland food, a quieter life, and schoolmates who hardly knew where Poland was. Still, there were neighbors who knew something of Old World ways, and a piano teacher who was classically Middle European in his neurotic enthusiasm for music. Her true exile came in college in Texas, where she found herself among people who were frightened by and hostile to her foreignness. Later, at Harvard, Hoffman found herself initially alienated by her burgeoning intellectualism; her parents found it difficult to comprehend. Her sense of perpetual otherness was extended by encounters with childhood friends who had escaped Cracow to grow up in Israel, rather than Canada or the United States, and were preoccupied with soldiers, not scholars. Lost in Translation is a moving memoir that takes the specific experience of the exile and humanizes it to such a degree that it becomes relevant to the lives of a wider group of readers
Im Schtetl : die Welt der polnischen Juden by Eva Hoffman( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in German and Polish and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shtetl : the history of a small town and an extinguished world by Eva Hoffman( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exit into history : a journey through the new Eastern Europe by Eva Hoffman( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author's memoir of her return to her Polish homeland and travels to five other Eastern European countries after their historic transformation
How to be bored by Eva Hoffman( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lethargic inactivity can be debilitating and depressing; but for those living in the modern world, the pendulum has swung far in the other direction. We live in a hectic, hyperactive, over-stimulated age. Excessive busyness and overfilled schedules are the norm, as are their effects on our mental and emotional lives. How might we address and counter such problems, for the sake of experiencing our lives more fully?In How to Be Bored, Eva Hoffman explores the importance we place on success, high level function, effectiveness and alertness in today's competitive society. In a world where it is almost impossible to be idle, she draws upon lessons from history, literature and psychotherapy to help us embrace boredom and find meaning in doing nothing - to appreciate real reflection and enjoy the richness of our inner and external lives
The secret by Eva Hoffman( Recording )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on a powerful mother-daughter bond and a haunting, this is a novel that poses some of the most intriguing questions of all
Shtetl : viaggio nel mondo degli ebrei polacchi by Eva Hoffman( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in Italian and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ankommen in der Fremde = Lost in translation by Eva Hoffman( Book )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in German and Romanian and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sztetl : świat żydów polskich by Eva Hoffman( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in Polish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Après un tel savoir-- : La Shoah en héritage by Eva Hoffman( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complex histories, contested memories : some reflections on remembering difficult pasts by Eva Hoffman( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kioku o wakai no tameni : Daini sedai ni takusareta horokōsuto no isan by Eva Hoffman( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in Japanese and English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In other words : the Jewish writer reads her work( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verloren in taal : leven in een nieuw land by Eva Hoffman( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in Dutch and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Auteur verhaalt over haar emigratie op 13-jarige leeftijd uit Polen naar Canada. Oorspr. titel en uitg.: Lost in translation : a life in new language. - New York : Penguin Books, 1989
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After such knowledge : memory, history, and the legacy of the Holocaust
Alternative Names
Eva Hoffman Amerikaans historica

Eva Hoffman historienne américaine

Eva Hoffman Polish American writer and academic

Hoffmann, Eva

Hofman, Eva

Wydra, Ewa 1945-

האפמאן, אוה 1945-

הופמן, אוה 1945-

הופמן, אווה

הופמן, אווה 1945-

ホフマン, エヴァ

Shtetl : the life and death of a small town and the world of Polish JewsThe secret : a novelAppassionataTimeIlluminationsLost in translation : a life in a new languageShtetl : the history of a small town and an extinguished worldExit into history : a journey through the new Eastern EuropeKioku o wakai no tameni : Daini sedai ni takusareta horokōsuto no isan