Eva Hoffman, memoir
Eva Hoffman is the author of the best-selling memoir, Lost in Translation:
A Life in a New Language, and of three other non fiction works: Exit Into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe, Shtetl:
The Life and Death of a Small Town and an Extinguished World and
most recently, After Such Knowledge: Memory, History and the Legacy
of the Holocaust. She has also published two novels: The Secret and Illuminations.
Eva Hoffman grew up in Cracow, Poland. After emigrating to Canada
in her teens, she went on to study in the United States, receiving
a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University.
Subsequently, she worked as senior editor, writer and book reviewer
on The New York Times. She has taught literature and creative writing
at various universities in the U.S. and Britain, including Columbia
University, University of East Anglia and MIT. Her work has been
translated into several languages and she has received a Guggenheim
Fellowship, a prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters,
a Whiting Award for Writing and the Prix Italia for radio. She has
written for and appeared on numerous radio and television programs
and has lectured widely in the U.S., Britain and other European
countries on cultural and social issues, Polish-Jewish history and
psychoanalytic approaches to autobiography, language and memory.
Professor Hoffman will lead a seminar in memoir once every two years.