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Shunra and Schmetterling

Shunra and Schmetterling - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0811215671

Cover of Shunra and Schmetterling 04 (ISBN 978-0811215671)
ISBN13: 978-0811215671
ISBN10: 0811215679
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Published: 2004
International: No

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Shunra and Schmetterling - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0811215671

Yoel Hoffmann

ISBN13: 978-0811215671
ISBN10: 0811215679
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Shunra is Aramaic for "cat." Schmetterling is German for "butterfly." In Yoel Hoffmann's new book, these and numerous other creatures, cultures, and languages meet in a magical shimmering hymn to childhood. Hoffmann traces his hero's developing consciousness of the ways-and-wonders of the world as though he were peering through a tremendous kaleidoscope: all that was perceived, all that is remembered, is rendered in fluid fragments of color and light. With remarkable delicacy and sweep, Hoffmann captures childhood from the amazed inside out, and without the backward-looking wash of grown-up sentiment. Instead, the boy's deadpan registration of the human comedy around him is offered up as strangely magical fact. Beautifully translated by Peter Cole, The Shunra & the Schmetterling is fiction for lovers of poetry and poetry for lovers of fiction--a small marvel of a book, and one of the author's finest to date.

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