Eva Hoffman grew up in Cracow, Poland, where she studied piano at the Cracow School of Music, before emigrating in her teens to Canada and then the United States. After receiving her Ph. D. in English and American literature from Harvard University, she worked as senior editor at The New York Times, serving for a while as one of its main literary critics. She has taught literature and creative writing at various universities, and has written and lectured internationally on issues of exile, memory, Polish-Jewish history, politics and culture.
Her books include Lost in Translation, After Such Knowledge and Time, as well as two novels, The Secret and Illuminations. She has presented radio programmes and curated a series on “Writing and Music” at the South Bank Centre in London. She is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Kosciuszko Foundation award for “Shtetl,” and the Prix Italia for radio. She now lives in London and teaches writing at Kingston University.