Yoel Hoffmann is an author, editor, scholar, and translator widely regarded as Israel’s leading writer of avant-garde fiction. As a young man, he left his home in Israel and traveled to Japan where he spent two years living in a Zen monastery studying Chinese and Japanese texts. Six of his books have appeared in English, including Kastchen and Other Stories, The Christ of Fish, and, most recently, Moods. Hoffmann has been awarded the Koret Jewish Book Award, the Bialik Prize, and the Prime Minister’s Prize. He is Professor Emeritus of Eastern Studies at the University of Haifa and lives in Galilee.