Eva Hoffman

Eva Hoffman is an internationally renowned writer and academic. Born in Kraków, Poland, she emigrated to Canada in 1959. Her books, which are translated into many languages, include Lost in Translation, Exit into History and Time.
The Outsider
‘Between man and citizen there is a scar: the foreigner’ Julia Kristeva The idea of the ‘foreigner’ or ‘stranger’, provides a nexus for examining the dynamics and tensions of differing cultures in contact which has long been associated with the Jewish people. A foreigner inhabits spaces both inside and out, allowing a dual perspective and it is this prerogative of exile and displacement which is both enlightening and alienating. Both Julia Kristeva and Eva Hoffman have expl...
Art and Graft

Eva Hoffman and Richard Sennett, both intellectuals and musicians of the highest standing, discussed what makes the difference between a good and a great performer and the very concept of genius. They argue whether the view of the artist as superior to the craftsman is romantic idealism or reality. They considered these themes in relation to their own intellectual pursuits and explored the role and responsibility of the writer.

George Webber Evening: Sixty Years On
JBW 2012 celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Jewish Book Week. When the first Jewish Book Week took place, memories of the War were painfully fresh and Israel a fragile idealistic fledgling state; It was the year Queen Elizabeth came to the throne and The Diary of Anne Frank was published in English. The world has changed in more ways than we could have foreseen: religion is openly criticised, we live in a multicultural society, Israel has still not achieved peace with its neighbours an...
And Europe Will Be Stunned – Poland and the Loss or Return of the Jews
With the support of the Polish Cultural Institute, London, The Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Artangel. Event photos (c) Elzbieta Piekacz, courtesy of the Polish Cultural Institute, London. 7.30 pm And Europe Will Be Stunned Part I Nightmares Part II Wall and Tower Part III Assassination 8.30 pm Interval 8.50 pm Discussion Jewish Book Week 2013 hosted an evening dedicated to new interpretations of Poland’s Jewish past and the potential ...
Cherchez la femme
Lisa Appignanesi, Stephen Frosh, Eva Hoffman and John Launer discuss how sex became a scandal, not only in the so-called “dangerous method”, psychoanalysis, but also beyond the consulting room. Early 20th century Europe was a cauldron of fertile ideas, Victorian repression, antisemitism and illicit liaisons. John Launer’s Sex versus Survival: the Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein recounts how sex and Jewishnes...