The Shunra and the Schmetterling

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5.58 X 0.38 X 7.98 inches | 0.34 pounds
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About the Author
Peter Cole's most recent book of poems is The Invention of Influence, which follows his remarkable collection Things on Which I've Stumbled. His previous volumes--Rift and Hymns & Qualms--were collected as What Is Doubled: Poems, 1981-1998. In addition to his ND books with Aharon Shabtai and Yoel Hoffmann, Cole's translations from Hebrew and Arabic include The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492, Taha Muhammad Ali's So What: New & Selected Poems 1973-2005, Avraham Ben Yitzhak's Collected Poems, and The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition. With Adina Hoffman, he is the author of a volume of non-fiction, Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. Cole has received numerous honors for his work, including fellowships from the NEA, the NEH, and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry and the PEN Translation Award for Poetry. He is the recipient of a 2010 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2007 was named a MacArthur Fellow. He divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven, Connecticut.
Yoel Hoffmann was born in Brasow, Romania in 1937. He is presently a citizen of Israel, and is Professor of Eastern Philosophy at the U. of Haifa. He has had a lifelong scholarly engagement with Hebrew literature, Western philosophy, and Japanese Buddhism. His is the winner of the first Koret Jewish Book Award. His books include The Heart is Katmandu, Bernhardt, The Christ of Fish, and Katschen & The Book of Joseph
"A writer of international importance...Hoffmann refracts Jewish popular lore and folk wisdom through a postmodernist prism, brightening his prose with snatches of verse, songs, diary excerpts, letters, ominous dreams, lush erotic passages and Yiddish sayings."