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TRUE GRIT – BEATING THE ODDS
SATURDAY, DEC 06 2014, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
“The New Literature from Europe Festival is proudly presented in New York by a committee of nine European cultural centers based in the City. We could not be more thrilled by this year’s line-up of authors representing the most exciting voices from each of our center’s countries and presented in conversations with award-winning American authors, dedicated to helping us promote literature in translation to American audiences,” says NLE President Sean Bye of the Polish Cultural Institute.
Saturday delves deeper into each of the visiting writers’ work with a series of themed panel discussions moderated by US-based award winning authors dedicated to the promotion of international literature.
PANEL 2, 4pm – 5.30pm
‘True Grit – Beating the Odds’, moderated by Ian Buruma (Erasmus Prize-winner, and current Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College), ties together narratives in which the protagonists face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Julia Deck’s (France) Viviane explores madness and sanity through an engrossing murder mystery. Using an Italy on the brink of collapse as its backdrop, Davide Longo’s (Italy) Last Man Standing tells the tale of a disgraced professor trying to muster up the courage to transport his children to safety. The Kid, by János Háy (Hungary), deals with the effects failure can have on one’s life and mental health.
Ian Buruma writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects for major publications, most frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and NRC Handelsblad and was voted one of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals by the Foreign Policy/Prospect magazines in 2008, and in 2010. His latest book, Year Zero: A History of 1945, was published by Penguin (USA) and is a New York Times Notable Book of 2013 in the Los Angeles Times, the Economist, Amazon, and the Daily Beast.
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