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Hofmann, Michael 1957 August 25-

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Most widely held works by Michael Hofmann
An innocent soldier by Josef Holub( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 2,495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sixteen-year-old farmhand is tricked into fighting in the Napoleonic Wars by the farmer for whom he works, who secretly substitutes him for the farmer's own son
The land of green plums : a novel by Herta Müller( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lives of a group of Romanian students under Communism, with its poverty, regimentation and depressing greyness. Life gets no better after graduation, so much so that several commit suicide
The seventh well by Fred Wander( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Austrian Jew and photojournalist who was interned at 20 different Nazi camps between 1939 and 1945, Wander (1917-2006) first published this loosely structured novel in East Germany in 1970. Spare, haunting anecdotes memorialize Jews who died senseless, undignified deaths in Nazi concentration camps. The book is much more than a catalogue of horrors and of courage, as Wanders's narrator struggles to find the language to describe what he has seen
What I saw : reports from Berlin, 1920-1933 by Joseph Roth( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Roth's essays record the violent social and political paroxysms that threatened to undo the precarious democracy that was the Weimar Republic."--Jacket
The tale of the 1002nd night by Joseph Roth( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A visit by the Shah of Persia to 19th century Vienna sets in motion a tale of political and romantic intrigue. The other protagonists are Baron Taittinger, a cavalry officer appointed by the government to entertain the shah, and the baron's mistress who becomes the shah's lover
Storm of steel by Ernst Jünger( Book )

16 editions published between 1961 and 2016 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Storm of Steel illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. Young, tough, patriotic, but also disturbingly self-aware, Jünger exulted in the Great War, which he saw not just as a great national conflict but -- more importantly -- as a unique personal struggle. Leading raiding parties, defending trenches against murderous British incursions, simply enduring as shells tore his comrades apart, Jünger kept testing himself, braced for the death that will mark his failure. Published shortly after the war's end
The collected stories of Joseph Roth by Joseph Roth( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth are collected in English for the first time. These seventeenth stories and novellas, perhaps more than any other work of fiction of Roth (1894-1939), echo the intensity of his greatest novel, The Radetzky March. Spanning Roth's entire career, and including several stories that have only recently come to light in Germany, this collection is a display of Roth's range and virtuosity."--Jacket
Report from a Parisian paradise : essays from France, 1925-1939 by Joseph Roth( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Joseph Roth, the greatest newspaper correspondent of his age, left the splintering Weimar Republic for France in 1925 and produced, until his death in 1939, some of the finest writing of his career. Collected here for the first time, Roth's essays form an unrivaled portrait of France in the late 1920s and 1930s - a society at a twentieth-century crossing point - resolute in its desire to preserve a past that was already crumbling while at the same time drawn to the seductive rhythms of urban life. Roth describes a world where the center could not hold - a portrait of a country unknowingly barreling toward social collapse and political anarchy."--Jacket
Seven years by Peter Stamm( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexander is torn between two very different women. Sonia, his wife and business partner, is everything a man could want: intelligent, gorgeous, charming, and ambitious. But when the seven-year itch sets in, Alexander soon finds himself rekindling an affair with his college lover, Ivona. The young Polish woman who worked in a Catholic mission is the polar opposite of Sonia: dull, passive, taciturn, and plain. Despite having little in common with Ivona, Alexander is inexplicably drawn to her while despising himself for it. Lost between his highbrow marriage and his lowbrow affair, Alexander is stuck in a spiraling threesome
The metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafka( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A seemingly ordinary man, Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning only to discover that he has been transformed into a gigantic insect and must deal with the depression over his new physical alteration, as well as the rejection of his family, in a new translation honoring the 125th anniversary of the author's birth
All days are night by Peter Stamm( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"All Days are Night is the story of Gillian, a successful and beautiful TV host, content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, hits a deer on the wet road and dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together, and reconnects with a love interest from the past who becomes a possible future, or so it seems"--Cover, page [2]
Frost by Thomas Bernhard( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frost follows an unnamed young Austrian who accepts an unusual assignment. Rather than continue with his medical studies, he travels to a bleak mining town in the back of beyond, in order to clinically observe the aged painter, Strauch, who happens to be the brother of this young man's surgical mentor. The catch is this: Strauch must not know the young man's true occupation or the reason for his arrival. Posing as a promising law student with a love of Henry James, the young man befriends the mad artist and is caught up among an equally extraordinary cast of local characters, from his resentful landlady to the town's mining engineers
Joseph Roth : a life in letters by Joseph Roth( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tumultuous life of the Austrian writer best known for "The Radetzky March" is described through letters that recall his father's and wife's mental illnesses, numerous mistresses, and travel to Paris
Twentieth-century German poetry : an anthology( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and German and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This groundbreaking anthology will serve as the standard for years to come. Michael Hofmann has assembled brilliant translations of the major German poets of the last century, from Rilke and Brecht to Durs Grunbein and Jan Wagner, in an approachable, readable, and endlessly interesting collection. Here we find poetry as a living counterforce to sociopolitical reality; poetry of dissent and fear and protest; poetry of private griefs and music. From the subtlety and elegance of Brecht, to the extraordinary "jargon-glooms" of Gottfried Bonn, to the oblique (and straightforward) responses to the country's villainous history, to the bitter, cleansed, and haunted poetry of the postwar years, this anthology illuminates the full span of twentieth-century German verse, ending with a reunified country looking at itself and its neighbors in new ways. This is an essential and timely collection of poems from a tumultuous, violent, tragic, and hopeful century, written in the language of those who were at the heart of the matter."--Jacket
We're flying : stories by Peter Stamm( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A follow-up to Seven Years presents an anthology of stories that employ the acclaimed Swiss author's use of direct prose, deceptively simple narratives and deep psychological insights into the existential dilemmas of contemporary life
Angina days : selected poems by Günter Eich( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the most comprehensive English translation of the work of Günter Eich, one of the greatest postwar German poets. The author of the POW poem "Inventory," among one of the most famous lyrics in the German language, Eich was rivaled only by Paul Celan as the leading poet in the generation after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and introduced by Michael Hofmann, this collection gathers eighty poems, many drawn from Eich's later work and most of them translated here for the first time. The volume also includes the original German texts on facing pages. As an early memb
Zündel's Exit by Markus Werner( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scrounged from notebooks and hearsay, this is the story of a schoolteacher named Konrad Z'ndel: a philosopher, a wanna-be writer; scattered, self-conscious, glum, anxious, unlucky, discontent ... At the end of his rope, he decides to flee his workaday life at all costs, only to find escape always a little beyond his reach. First his tooth falls out in the sight of other travelers, then he finds a severed finger in a restroom on a train. In fact, Z'ndel seems on the verge of falling to bits, as do his words, thoughts, wife, and world--will there be anything left, and anyone to hold the pieces? "Z'ndel's Exit" is a Chaplinesque comedy of disintegration, never knowing if it's coming or going"--Publisher
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An innocent soldier
Alternative Names
Hoffmann, Michael 1957-

Hoffmannus, Michael 1957-

Hofmann, M.

Hofmann, Michael 1957 Aug. 25-

Hofmannus, Michael 1957-

Michael Hofmann Duits auteur

Michael Hofmann German-born poet who writes in English and a translator

Michael Hofmann traductor y escritor aleman

Михаэль Хофман

مایکل هافمن

English (153)

German (1)

The land of green plums : a novelThe seventh wellWhat I saw : reports from Berlin, 1920-1933The tale of the 1002nd nightStorm of steelThe collected stories of Joseph RothReport from a Parisian paradise : essays from France, 1925-1939Seven years