Lost in Translation, a memoir by internationally renowned writer and academic Eva Hoffman, was published in 1989, way before the best-selling movie of the same title. It has nothing to do with a fading American film star in Tokyo. Rather, it is a remarkable personal story of Hoffman, a Jewish Polish’s emigrant in America, where she lost and remade her identity in a new land with a new language. Anyone who has gained a new language or a new identity can relate to her story, beautifully and thoughtfully told. It has recently been published in China. I had the great pleasure to dine with Eva herself in North London. What an inspiring life. Armed with a PhD from Harvard, she served as an editor for the New York Times for years and has published books in both fiction and non-fiction to great acclaim. And she was also a highly accomplished concert pianist. Please do check out her works.

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