Italian Author Claudio Magris to Tour the U.S.
Italian author and 2001 Erasmus Prize winner Claudio Magris is touring the U.S. this fall to present his most recent novel Blindly, expertly translated by Anne Milano Appel and published earlier this year as part of Yale University Press’s Margellos World Republic of Letters series – a series committed to making the work of outstanding international writers available to an English-speaking readership through quality translation. A captivating and innovative work — or, as Peruvian-Spanish writer Mario Vargas Llosa called it, “[a story] you can read as a novel of adventures” — Blindly tells the tale of a lucid madman, whose single narrative voice is populated by various characters. He is simultaneously Jorgen Jorgenson, the nineteenth-century adventurer who became king of Iceland but was condemned to forced labor in the Antipodes, Comrade Cippico, a communist militant imprisoned for years in Tito’s gulag on the island Goli Otok, and many partisans, prisoners, sailors, and stowaways who have encountered the perils of travel, war, and adventure. Partly confession, psychiatric session, and historical novel, Blindly is the story of a lifetime remembered, invented, falsified, and hidden.
Below you can find Magris‘s schedule for his upcoming tour. Check back here or on the Margellos World Republic of Letters Facebook page for more updates, and stay tuned for an author-translator interview with Magris and Appel to appear here on the Yale Press Log and the Margellos World Republic of Letters website!
Monday, October 15:
Tuesday, October 16:
University of California, Los Angeles, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, 6:30 pm, with translator Anne Milano Appel
Thursday, October 18:
Friday, October 19:
Monday, October 22:
Wednesday, October 24:
New York University Jewish Studies Center, King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South, 3rd floor, seminar room Erich Maria Remarque, 5 pm
Thursday, October 25:
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY, 8 pm
Monday, October 29:
Yale University, Italian Department, the Romance Languages Lounge, 3rd floor of 82-90 Wall Street, New Haven, 12 pm
Tuesday, October 30:
Pen Club, New York City ’s The Strand, Rare Book Room, 7 pm (with Margellos WRL author Norman Manea)