PEN World Voices Festival presents the Romanian author FILIP FLORIAN
This year the Romanian writer Filip Florian will be a guest of NYC’s PEN World Voices Festival. Florian’s novel LITTLE FINGERS (trans. Alistair Blyth, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt),
was first published in English in 2009, to great critical reception. „[Florian’s] writing,” wrote LA Times’ Susan Salter, „is reminiscent of Poe and Dostoevsky – we enter the mind of a madman and are not sure where reality begins and ends. The writing is deliciously foreign, even in translation.”The invitation to PEN World Voices 2010 follows a series of events that RCINY organized last year in order to introduce Florian to NYC audience. The author will take part in the following two PEN events:
GARDEN READINGS , on April 30, 12:30 pm, at Deutsches Haus at NYU
With Rodrigo Fresán ( Argentina / Spain ), Marcel Möring (The Netherlands ), Thomas Pletzinger ( Germany ), and Monique Proulx ( Canada ).
WAR AND THE NOVEL, on May 1, 12:30 pm, at Scandinavia House
With Bernardo Atxaga ( Spain ), Assaf Gavron ( Israel ), and Atiq Rahimi ( Afghanistan / Fance)); moderated by Susan Kuklin (USA): Why have novelists so long been drawn to the subject of war? And how do writers engage with this fraught and complicated subject? Join novelists from Afghanistan , Spain , Romania , and Israel as they discuss these and many other questions.
Both events are free and open to the public. No reservations.
The festival will also feature a first U.S. presentation of Florian’s novel THE DAYS OF THE KING, in English translation, to be released in spring 2011 by the same publisher and translator. Hoping you can join us for the festival, we’d like to also give you a taste of it:
„Karl Eitel Friedrich Zephyrinus Ludwig of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen was about to celebrate his twenty-seventh birthday and, as a lieutenant of the dragoons regiment in Berlin , he had been waiting for almost a decade to be promoted to the rank of captain. Because of the chill he had suffered on a frosty firing range, his left jaw had swollen around a decayed molar. The pain was dreadful and, though dizzy and before consulting with his father and with Ministerpräsident von Bismark, he found himself asking the dentist who was incising his gums with a scalpel whether he would like to follow him to Bukarest, permanently.
Joseph Strauss had never heard of that city and supposed that …” CONTINUED AT www.icrny.org
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