Gert Hofmann

Gert Hofmann (1931-1993), "the most singular writer to come out of Germany since Heinrich Boll" ("The Times" [London]), was born in Limbach, Saxony. "Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl" was the last novel he wrote before his death. Michael Hofmann, son of Gert Hofmann, was born in Freiburg, West Germany, in 1957. He is a renowned poet, translator, and essayist. New Directions publishes his widely praised translation of Franz Kafka's "Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared".