Where Have You Been?: Selected Essays

Michael Hofmann (Author)
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Price
$35.00
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date
December 02, 2014
Pages
304
Dimensions
6.1 X 1.2 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780374259969
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About the Author

Michael Hofmann is an acclaimed poet, translator, and critic. He has published six books of poetry and has translated more than sixty books from the German, including Gottfried Benn's Impromptus: Selected Poems and Some Prose, as well as works by Ernst JΓΌnger, Franz Kafka, and Joseph Roth. His criticism appears regularly in the London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, and Poetry. He currently teaches poetry and translation at the University of Florida.

Reviews

Praise for Michael Hofmann

"Michael Hofmann has a skeptical intelligence, an observant eye, a compulsion to speak the unspeakable, and the useful wariness of the displaced person." --Helen Vendler, "The New York Review of Books

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"Hofmann's is one of the definitive bodies of work of the last half century." --Stephen Knight, " The Times Literary Supplement"

Praise for Michael Hofmann
"Michael Hofmann has a skeptical intelligence, an observant eye, a compulsion to speak the unspeakable, and the useful wariness of the displaced person." --Helen Vendler, "The New York Review of Books
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"Hofmann's is one of the definitive bodies of work of the last half century." --Stephen Knight, " The Times Literary Supplement"

Praise for "Where Have You Been?
""In this vibrant collection of previously published essays, poet, critic and translator Hofmann elevates criticism to an art. He amply fulfills his aim to 'investigate and animate' his subjects, 'make them resonate, play with and in and over them' . . . As these passionate essays attest, Hofmann cares deeply: about writing, art and the creative possibilities of criticism." "--Kirkus Reviews
"Praise for Michael Hofmann
"Michael Hofmann has a skeptical intelligence, an observant eye, a compulsion to speak the unspeakable, and the useful wariness of the displaced person." --Helen Vendler, "The New York Review of Books
"

"Hofmann's is one of the definitive bodies of work of the last half century." --Stephen Knight, " The Times Literary Supplement"

Praise for "Where Have You Been?
*"Starred Review* "Based on this collection, Hofmann deserves to be considered one of today's premier critics." "--Publishers Weekly
""In this vibrant collection of previously published essays, poet, critic and translator Hofmann elevates criticism to an art. He amply fulfills his aim to 'investigate and animate' his subjects, 'make them resonate, play with and in and over them' . . . As these passionate essays attest, Hofmann cares deeply: about writing, art and the creative possibilities of criticism." "--Kirkus Reviews
"Praise for Michael Hofmann
"Michael Hofmann has a skeptical intelligence, an observant eye, a compulsion to speak the unspeakable, and the useful wariness of the displaced person." --Helen Vendler, "The New York Review of Books
"

"Hofmann's is one of the definitive bodies of work of the last half century." --Stephen Knight, " The Times Literary Supplement"

Praise for "Where Have You Been?
""An underused binary when it comes to taxonomizing literary critics is to distinguish between those who write best in hatred and those who write best in love. The translator, poet, and essayist Michael Hofmann belongs resolutely to the second category, and his latest collection shows that there is something noble about a critic who is most brilliant when being laudatory . . . his aim was 'to write with an homage (for the most part) to literature in something that itself approached the condition of literature.' And the 30 essays collected here . . . are a testament to that intention." "--"Alice Gregory, "The New York Times Book Review"
"*"Starred Review* "Based on this collection, Hofmann deserves to be considered one of today's premier critics." "--Publishers Weekly
""In this vibrant collection of previously published essays, poet, critic and translator Hofmann elevates criticism to an art. He amply fulfills his aim to 'investigate and animate' his subjects, 'make them resonate, play with and in and over them' . . . As these passionate essays attest, Hofmann cares deeply: about writing, art and the creative possibilities of criticism." "--Kirkus Reviews
"Praise for Michael Hofmann
"Michael Hofmann has a skeptical intelligence, an observant eye, a compulsion to speak the unspeakable, and the useful wariness of the displaced person." --Helen Vendler, "The New York Review of Books
"

"Hofmann's is one of the definitive bodies of work of the last half century." --Stephen Knight, " The Times Literary Supplement"
Praise for "Where Have You Been?
"Praise for Michael Hofmann
An underused binary when it comes to taxonomizing literary critics is to distinguish between those who write best in hatred and those who write best in love. The translator, poet, and essayist Michael Hofmann belongs resolutely to the second category, and his latest collection shows that there is something noble about a critic who is most brilliant when being laudatory . . . his aim was 'to write with an homage (for the most part) to literature in something that itself approached the condition of literature.' And the 30 essays collected here . . . are a testament to that intention.--Alice Gregory "The New York Times Book Review "
A good critic, like a good editor, is rarer on these shores than an osprey. That's why the uplifting sight of Michael Hofmann gliding across our horizon - magesterial, languid (pre-swoop), unpredictable - is so welcome. "Where Have You Been?," " "comprising his latest essays, " "is a bracingly intelligent book.--Nicholas Shakespeare "The Telegraph "

A good critic, like a good editor, is rarer on these shores than an osprey. That's why the uplifting sight of Michael Hofmann gliding across our horizon - magesterial, languid (pre-swoop), unpredictable - is so welcome. "Where Have You Been?," comprising his latest essays, is a bracingly intelligent book. Nicholas Shakespeare, "The Telegraph"

"Admirers of Michael Hofmann s ironic and astute sensibility can renew their enjoyment with his collection of essays, "Where Have You Been"?" Pankaj Mishra, "The Guardian"

"My reading has been various, but some fine books stick out at different angles. The most angular has been Michael Hofmann's" Where Have You Been: Selected Essays," with its sharp take on prominent modern writers of verse and prose." Chris Wallace-Crabbe, "The Sydney Morning Herald"

An underused binary when it comes to taxonomizing literary critics is to distinguish between those who write best in hatred and those who write best in love. The translator, poet, and essayist Michael Hofmann belongs resolutely to the second category, and his latest collection shows that there is something noble about a critic who is most brilliant when being laudatory . . . his aim was 'to write with an homage (for the most part) to literature in something that itself approached the condition of literature.' And the 30 essays collected here . . . are a testament to that intention. Alice Gregory, "The New York Times Book Review"

"The poets Hofmann admires spring to life on the page. The writing is high-spirited and exhilirating and generous . . . In this book, in which there seem to be all the different ways of being a poet, I see all the different ways of being a person, all the ways of living." Susie Boyt, "Financial Times"

"The poet and translator Michael Hofmann is one of the most charismatic figures on the contemporary literary scene . . . "Where Have You Been? "is a stunning, endlessly surprising book of criticism." Terry Kelly, "The London Magazine"

*Starred Review* "Based on this collection, Hofmann deserves to be considered one of today's premier critics. "Publishers Weekly"

In this vibrant collection of previously published essays, poet, critic and translator Hofmann elevates criticism to an art. He amply fulfills his aim to investigate and animate' his subjects, make them resonate, play with and in and over them' . . . As these passionate essays attest, Hofmann cares deeply: about writing, art and the creative possibilities of criticism. "Kirkus Reviews""

A good critic, like a good editor, is rarer on these shores than an osprey. That's why the uplifting sight of Michael Hofmann gliding across our horizon - magesterial, languid (pre-swoop), unpredictable - is so welcome. Where Have You Been?, comprising his latest essays, is a bracingly intelligent book. Nicholas Shakespeare, The Telegraph

"Admirers of Michael Hofmann s ironic and astute sensibility can renew their enjoyment with his collection of essays, Where Have You Been?" Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian

"My reading has been various, but some fine books stick out at different angles. The most angular has been Michael Hofmann's Where Have You Been: Selected Essays, with its sharp take on prominent modern writers of verse and prose." Chris Wallace-Crabbe, The Sydney Morning Herald

An underused binary when it comes to taxonomizing literary critics is to distinguish between those who write best in hatred and those who write best in love. The translator, poet, and essayist Michael Hofmann belongs resolutely to the second category, and his latest collection shows that there is something noble about a critic who is most brilliant when being laudatory . . . his aim was 'to write with an homage (for the most part) to literature in something that itself approached the condition of literature.' And the 30 essays collected here . . . are a testament to that intention. Alice Gregory, The New York Times Book Review

"The poets Hofmann admires spring to life on the page. The writing is high-spirited and exhilirating and generous . . . In this book, in which there seem to be all the different ways of being a poet, I see all the different ways of being a person, all the ways of living." Susie Boyt, Financial Times

"The poet and translator Michael Hofmann is one of the most charismatic figures on the contemporary literary scene . . . Where Have You Been? is a stunning, endlessly surprising book of criticism." Terry Kelly, The London Magazine

*Starred Review* "Based on this collection, Hofmann deserves to be considered one of today's premier critics. Publishers Weekly

In this vibrant collection of previously published essays, poet, critic and translator Hofmann elevates criticism to an art. He amply fulfills his aim to investigate and animate' his subjects, make them resonate, play with and in and over them' . . . As these passionate essays attest, Hofmann cares deeply: about writing, art and the creative possibilities of criticism. Kirkus Reviews

"

"A good critic, like a good editor, is rarer on these shores than an osprey. That's why the uplifting sight of Michael Hofmann gliding across our horizon - magesterial, languid (pre-swoop), unpredictable - is so welcome. Where Have You Been?, comprising his latest essays, is a bracingly intelligent book." --Nicholas Shakespeare, The Telegraph

"Admirers of Michael Hofmann's ironic and astute sensibility can renew their enjoyment with his collection of essays, Where Have You Been?" --Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian

"My reading has been various, but some fine books stick out at different angles. The most angular has been Michael Hofmann's Where Have You Been: Selected Essays, with its sharp take on prominent modern writers of verse and prose." --Chris Wallace-Crabbe, The Sydney Morning Herald

"An underused binary when it comes to taxonomizing literary critics is to distinguish between those who write best in hatred and those who write best in love. The translator, poet, and essayist Michael Hofmann belongs resolutely to the second category, and his latest collection shows that there is something noble about a critic who is most brilliant when being laudatory . . . his aim was 'to write with an homage (for the most part) to literature in something that itself approached the condition of literature.' And the 30 essays collected here . . . are a testament to that intention." --Alice Gregory, The New York Times Book Review

"The poets Hofmann admires spring to life on the page. The writing is high-spirited and exhilirating and generous . . . In this book, in which there seem to be all the different ways of being a poet, I see all the different ways of being a person, all the ways of living." --Susie Boyt, Financial Times

"The poet and translator Michael Hofmann is one of the most charismatic figures on the contemporary literary scene . . . Where Have You Been? is a stunning, endlessly surprising book of criticism." --Terry Kelly, The London Magazine

"*Starred Review* "Based on this collection, Hofmann deserves to be considered one of today's premier critics. " --Publishers Weekly

"In this vibrant collection of previously published essays, poet, critic and translator Hofmann elevates criticism to an art. He amply fulfills his aim to 'investigate and animate' his subjects, 'make them resonate, play with and in and over them' . . . As these passionate essays attest, Hofmann cares deeply: about writing, art and the creative possibilities of criticism. " --Kirkus Reviews