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EVA HOFFMAN is the author of Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language, Shtetl, and The Secret. Her essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Yale Review, and other publications.

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"Eva Hoffman is as accomplished a memoirist and critic as virtually any contemporary American writer. . . . Her criticism and reviewing are characterized by a crystalline prose style and intimacy of thought, and they range over an astonishing spectrum." --The New York Times Book Review "It is one of those books. . . that hits a newly discovered nerve and takes a few steps further towards civilizing the planet." --The Guardian on Lost in Translation "A daring and generous book, measured in style, passionate in intent." --The Nation on Shtetl "Hoffman examines this philosophically fraught subject in unpretentious, clear chapters: asking how time affects our bodies, our minds, our cultures, and, finally, how time has accelerated and changed with the advent of the concept of "immediacy"--or, as she puts it, "what pace and density of stimulus we need in order to feel that something 'interesting' is happening." --Benjamin Moser, Harper's "Best known as a novelist and memoirist (Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language), Hoffman deftly tackles this complex topic in a highly readable and entertaining way... This is a book for readers interested in exploring the world around them or hoping to see their surroundings in a new light. A fascinating and easy-to-read meditation on a deceptively simple concept." --Library Journal Eva Hoffman is as accomplished a memoirist and critic as virtually any contemporary American writer. . . . Her criticism and reviewing are characterized by a crystalline prose style and intimacy of thought, and they range over an astonishing spectrum. "The New York Times Book Review" It is one of those books. . . that hits a newly discovered nerve and takes a few steps further towards civilizing the planet. "The Guardian on Lost in Translation" A daring and generous book, measured in style, passionate in intent. "The Nation on Shtetl" Hoffman examines this philosophically fraught subject in unpretentious, clear chapters: asking how time affects our bodies, our minds, our cultures, and, finally, how time has accelerated and changed with the advent of the concept of "immediacy"--or, as she puts it, "what pace and density of stimulus we need in order to feel that something 'interesting' is happening. "Benjamin Moser, Harper's" Best known as a novelist and memoirist ("Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language"), Hoffman deftly tackles this complex topic in a highly readable and entertaining way This is a book for readers interested in exploring the world around them or hoping to see their surroundings in a new light. A fascinating and easy-to-read meditation on a deceptively simple concept. "Library Journal"" "Eva Hoffman is as accomplished a memoirist and critic as virtually any contemporary American writer. . . . Her criticism and reviewing are characterized by a crystalline prose style and intimacy of thought, and they range over an astonishing spectrum."--"The New York Times Book Review ""It is one of those books. . . that hits a newly discovered nerve and takes a few steps further towards civilizing the planet."--"The Guardian "on" Lost in Translation" "A daring and generous book, measured in style, passionate in intent."--"The Nation "on" Shtetl" "Hoffman examines this philosophically fraught subject in unpretentious, clear chapters: asking how time affects our bodies, our minds, our cultures, and, finally, how time has accelerated and changed with the advent of the concept of "immediacy"--or, as she puts it, "what pace and density of stimulus we need in order to feel that something 'interesting' is happening."--Benjamin Moser, "Harper's" "Best known as a novelist and memoirist ("Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language"), Hoffman deftly tackles this complex topic in a highly readable and entertaining way... This is a book for readers interested in exploring the world around them or hoping to see their surroundings in a new light. A fascinating and easy-to-read meditation on a deceptively simple concept."--"Library Journal"

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