Lost In Translation: A Life In A New Language

Paperback | March 1, 1990

byEva Hoffman

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“A marvelously thoughtful book . . . It is not just about emigrants and refuges. It is about us all.” –The New York Times

When her parents brought her from the war-ravaged, faded elegance of her native Cracow in 1959 to settle in well-manicured, suburban Vancouver, Eva Hoffman was thirteen years old. Entering into adolescence, she endured the painful pull of nostalgia and struggled to express herself in a strange unyielding new language.  

Her spiritual and intellectual odyssey continued in college and led her ultimately to New York’s literary world yet still she felt caught between two languages, two cultures. But her perspective also made her a keen observer of an America in the flux of change.
A classically American chronicle of upward mobility and assimilation. Lost in Translation is also an incisive meditation on coming to terms with one’s own uniqueness, on learning how deeply culture affects the mind and body, and finally, on what it means to accomplish a translation of one’s self.

“Hoffman raises one provocative question after another about the relationship between language and culture . . . and about the emotional cost of re-creating oneself.” –Newsday
 

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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...

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“A marvelously thoughtful book . . . It is not just about emigrants and refuges. It is about us all.” –The New York Times When her parents brought her from the war-ravaged, faded elegance of her native Cracow in 1959 to settle in well-manicured, suburban Vancouver, Eva Hoffman was thirteen years old. Entering into adolescence, she end...

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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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.