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 BA from Rice University and her PhD 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 book reviewers. She has taught literature and creative writing at various universities in the US and Britain, including Columbia University, University of East Anglia and  MIT and currently, as visiting professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

She is the author of one novel, The Secret, and four works of non-fiction: Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language, Exit Into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe, Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and an Extinguished World and most recently, After Such Knowledge: Memory, History and the Legacy of the Holocaust. Her work has been translated into several languages and she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Award for Writing and the Prix Italia for radio. She has written for and appeared on numerous radio and television programmes and has lectured widely in the US, Britain and other European countries on cultural and social issues, Polish-Jewish history and psychoanalytic approaches to autobiography, language and memory.

Photograph by Eva Collins.