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Curriculum Vitae

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Yoel Hoffmann’s Curriculum Vitae is the remarkable summation of the writer’s life: his escape from the Holocaust; his arrival in Palestine; time in an orphanage; youth; two marriages; fatherhood; his studies of Japanese Buddhism; his travels; his ever-busy inner life. Curriculum Vitae begins quietly but becomes more and more hypnotic and amazing.


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Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by New Directions (first published 1988)
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Noam
Sep 11, 2009 Noam rated it it was amazing
Read the Hebrew version.
Siv30
Apr 17, 2015 Siv30 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, poetry
המילים של הופמן מרוות אותי בשירים קטנים, מלטפות אותי במילים, שמספרות על החיים של הופמן ובני משפחתו. סיפורים ששזורים בהם בכישרון מדהים אמת ובדיה עד שהתפר בינהן מטשטש בלי אפשרות הבחנה והופך לא חשוב, לא רלוונטי.

יש כל מיני סוגים של כתיבה אוטביוגרפית. הכתיבה של הופמן יחודית, היא לירית מלווה בניקוד שגורם להבזקי עונג בזמן הקריאה. אלה לא קורות חיים אלה אירועים מתוך קורות חיים שמלווה באיורים קטנים וחסרי משמעות ללא המילים.

הופמן מרקד על גבול: המילה, המושג, הציור שהיא יוצרת בתודעה של הקורא, המשמעות.

ריקוד, ה
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Heather
Mar 08, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
Recommended to Heather by: Megan
This book and I didn't totally click, and I'm not sure I can articulate why. The back cover describes it as "part novel and part memoir," and its 100 short sections tell the story of a life: childhood, marriage, parenting, travel. It's set mostly in Israel, with bits elsewhere (primarily Japan), and it sometimes reads as a straight narrative but not always. At its best moments it's beautiful or funny or both, and the narrative is often satisfyingly writerly/self-aware, like this: "The kerosene l ...more
Ben
May 20, 2010 Ben rated it really liked it
A refreshingly inventive take on writing an autobiography, this book is more an extended series of prose poems, loosely arranged chronologically, than narrative accounting, yet the sense of a life comes through very well.

One section seems to hint at Hoffmann's methodology in this regard (from §79):

A man looks at his life in the way that one watches a silent movie. The mouth opens but nothing is heard.
The movements are jumpy, here and there, because the memory film is interrupted by leaps, like
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Ido Hadanny
Mar 25, 2013 Ido Hadanny rated it really liked it
ספר שהלוויתי משיצה בדרך חזרה מהסקי בבנסקו.
רק אחרי שסיימתי זיהיתי שאני כבר מכיר את המחבר וקראתי כבר את קולות האדמה שלו.

זה הספר הכי קרוב לספר שירה שקראתי עד היום, ובדרך כלל ההתחכמויות שמלוות ספרים כאלה (רישומי פחם, מילים מומצאות, ניקוד, מבנים מיוחדים של מעברי שורה וכו') מרתיעות אותי. אז בספר הזה יש כאלה אבל נהניתי מהן. גם השילובים של הסוריאליסטי (לפעמים רואים שורת ברווזים מתחת לירח) והארצי והמגוחך (אבל האנשים מתעלמים ומעדיפים לצעוק לתוך הסלולריים שלהם איפה פיני?!) שעשעו אותי והיו אפילו קטעים מרגשי
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Michael Gossett
Sep 15, 2011 Michael Gossett rated it it was amazing
At the top of my personal canon, Hoffmann's novels (novellas?) read as surreal prose poems on memory, reverie, and giving an account of one's own life. The closing image of a young man collecting 100 beads off the floor is an apt parallel for the 100 poem-like chapters that constitute 'C.V.'

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I loved this book in an effortless way. Reminded me of Charles Simic's The World Doesn't End but less formal, which is strange to say about the latter, it being a book of prose poems, but CV didn't set itself up to be, well, anything, it was rather very surprising and beautiful.
Matthew Balliro
Apr 27, 2010 Matthew Balliro rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Very sparse prose, very loose plot, but a book that feels like it'll stick with me for a while. Recommended for those who like short works and maybe even prose poetry. I don't know what else to say about it, really. The pictures were cool.
Rhoda
Sep 19, 2012 Rhoda rated it did not like it
Don't know why I bothered reading the whole thing. I can't abide this type of simple and digressive writing. None of the vignette-like chapters stands out for me and this book is easily forgettable.
Mark Baumer
Feb 24, 2011 Mark Baumer rated it it was amazing
Laughed a lot while reading this

a thing I liked:
"We went to the Japanese monk and spoke with him about space and time. Time does not exist, he said, waving a hand that bore a watch."
Cooper Renner
Nov 14, 2010 Cooper Renner rated it it was amazing
Funny, moving, beautifully written. A small masterpiece.
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