Panelist, Eva Hoffman
Eva Hoffman grew up in Cracow, Poland, where she began her musical studies. After emigrating to Canada in her teens, she went on to study in the United States and receive her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University. Subsequently, she worked as senior editor and writer on several sections of The New York Times, serving for a while as one of its regular literary critics. She has also taught literature and creative writing at various universities in the U.S. and Britain, most recently as visiting professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at M.I.T., and at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England (an M.A. Program which has had the likes of Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishigura as students). She is the author of Lost and Translation: A Life in a New Language, Exit Into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe, Shtetl: The History of a Small Town and an Extinguished World. Her first novel, The Secret, was republished in 2001 by Secker & Warburg. Her work has been translated into several languages and she has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Whiting Award for Writing. She has appeared on radio and television programmes, and has written and lectured widely in America, Britain and other European countries on cultural and social issues. She holds a regular appointment as Visiting Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at M.I.T.
1. Exit Into History : A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe. New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1994.
2. Lost in Translation : A Life in a New Language. New York : E.P. Dutton, c1989.
3. Shtetl : The Llife and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
4. "The Uses of Hell". (Review) New York Review of Books v47, n4 (March 9, 2000):19
5. Life Stories, East and West. (political and psychological approaches to narrative) Yale Review v88, n1 (Jan, 2000):1.
6. True To Life? "The recent publication of several apparently false memoirs suggests that we shouldn't believe everything we read". (The Arts/Books) Time International v153, n23 (June 14, 1999):144.
7. "The New Nomads". Yale Review v86, n4 (Oct, 1998):43.
8. The Reader. New Republic v218, n12 (March 23, 1998):33
9. Memories of a Polish Censor. Harper's Magazine v285, n1711 (Dec, 1992):30
10. Warsaw Days. (Warsaw in the 1990s). Yale Review v80, n3 (July, 1992):28
11. Paradise. (leaving Poland) (Personal History) New Yorker v64, n42 (Dec 5, 1988):98