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Shunra and Schmetterling

Shunra and Schmetterling - 04 edition

Shunra and Schmetterling - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9780811215671

ISBN10: 0811215679

Shunra and Schmetterling by Yoel Hoffmann - ISBN 9780811215671
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
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International: No
Shunra and Schmetterling by Yoel Hoffmann - ISBN 9780811215671

ISBN13: 9780811215671

ISBN10: 0811215679

Edition: 04

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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.