Lost In Translation: A Life In A New Language

Paperback | March 1, 1990

byEva Hoffman

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Anyone who's ever attempted to communicate in another language or has even just moved away from home knows how important cultural references suddenly become. Eva Hoffman may not know better than the rest of us how that feels, but her ability to express this frustration and loss is uniquely resonant. Lost in Translation follows the author's teenage experiences as a Polish immigrant in Vancouver. As she moves from her adopted town to New York as a writer, she wrestles with the things North Americans take for granted - but at the same time she's able to look incisively into their weaknesses and vanities. This exploration of language, culture and the outsider is a classic that will make you ache for the things you're missing from home.

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Anyone who's ever attempted to communicate in another language or has even just moved away from home knows how important cultural references suddenly become. Eva Hoffman may not know better than the rest of us how that feels, but her ability to express this frustration and loss is uniquely resonant. Lost in Translation follows the auth...

Eva Hoffman was born in Krakow, Poland and eventually emigrated to Canda with her family. She received a Ph. D. from Harvard University. She taught literature and was the editor of the New York Times Book Review. Hoffman is the author of such books as Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language (1989) and Shtetl: The Life and Death o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.73 × 5.07 × 0.54 inPublished:March 1, 1990Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140127739

ISBN - 13:9780140127737

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lost in translation If you want to find out more about immigrants, if you want to have a better understanding of how it feels to be far away from one's homeland and often far from one's family, if you want to have an idea how difficult it is to communicate in a new language one is just beginnig to learn and if you want to know what it takes to accept a new country as a new home - you should definitely read this book.
Date published: 2000-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good, better, the best I think this book is good for anybody who experiences any kind of loss in his/her life and tries to adjust to new conditions by moving out or moving in or just moving on. This book is even better for immigrants who are trying to find the way to live in a new country, in a new culture and in a new language. This book is the best for Polish immigrants because it not only describes the process of a transition to a new life but it also describes Poland so one can feel one is home...and homesick...
Date published: 2000-02-22

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Anyone who's ever attempted to communicate in another language or has even just moved away from home knows how important cultural references suddenly become. Eva Hoffman may not know better than the rest of us how that feels, but her ability to express this frustration and loss is uniquely resonant. Lost in Translation follows the author's teenage experiences as a Polish immigrant in Vancouver. As she moves from her adopted town to New York as a writer, she wrestles with the things North Americans take for granted - but at the same time she's able to look incisively into their weaknesses and vanities. This exploration of language, culture and the outsider is a classic that will make you ache for the things you're missing from home.