—Mona Gainer-Salim, Music & Literature
They are not so much meditations as obsessions, urgent enquiries into a frustrating but endlessly captivating mystery…Moods is not only about something, but that it is something vigorous and alive.
—Jenny Hendrix, Forward
Hoffmann’s subject is the miracle of this most ordinary thing, and his prose is its revelation and praise.
—The New Yorker
—American Book Review
Hoffmann writes in a language of miracles.
Hoffmann’s is an exile literature in exile from itself: self-conscious, and humorously historicized, yet with none of its homage preserved obviously. In his pages, the oldest of folkish tropes are wryly revivified into a third literature, that of a new and Third East–an undiscovered continent of exotically compelling fictions.
—The Chicago Tribune
Hoffmann is not just a good writer but a great one, with the ability to find, in the moment-to-moment dislocation of daily existence, epiphanies of revelatory force… What Hoffmann has achieved is a kind of magic.
—David Ulin, The Washington Post
Hoffmann is not just a good author, but a great one, with the ability to find, in the moment-to-moment dislocation of everyday existence, epiphanies of revelatory force.
One of Isreal’s finest contemporary writers.
Cryptic, mysterious even, lovely. Welcome to the novel that reads like poetry.