Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

A Life in A New Language

Book - 1990
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"A marvelously thoughtful book . . . It is not just about emigrants and refugees. It is about us all." - The New York Times

When her parents brought her from the war-ravaged, faded elegance of her native Cracow in 1959 to settle in well-manicured, suburban Vancouver, Eva Hoffman was thirteen years old. Entering into adolescence, she endured the painful pull of nostalgia and struggled to express herself in a strange unyielding new language.

Her spiritual and intellectual odyssey continued in college and led her ultimately to New York's literary world yet still she felt caught between two languages, two cultures. But her perspective also made her a keen observer of an America in the flux of change.

A classically American chronicle of upward mobility and assimilation. Lost in Translation is also an incisive meditation on coming to terms with one's own uniqueness, on learning how deeply culture affects the mind and body, and finally, on what it means to accomplish a translation of one's self.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, [1990]
Copyright Date: ©1989
ISBN: 9780140127737
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 20 cm.


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This is a fascinating concept but once young Eva leaves Poland there is not much 'story' and the book reads more like someone's journal of observations of Canada and USA society as well as her own adaptation and maturation.
Hoffman has an astounding command of English and I continued to read just to indulge in her literary style. But less introspection and more narrative would have made this book available for a wider audience.


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