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Oct 30, 2012 7:00 PM

CANCELED Patrik Ourednik - The Opportune Moment, 1855

EUROPEAN BOOK CLUB IS CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES. The book discussed will be The Opportune Moment, 1855, by Patrik Ourednik.


The Opportune Moment, 1855
author Patrik Ourednik
translation Alex Zucker
Published by Dalkey Archive

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The Opportune Moment, 1855 is another uproarious and unsettling attack on convention by one of literature’s great provocateurs. The nineteenth-century founding of “free settlements” in the Americas serves as a starting point for the new novel by popular Czech author Patrik Ourednik. At once satirical and philosophical, the book opens with an Italian anarchist’s letter to his noble former mistress, an impassioned rejection of all of Europe’s latest and greatest advancements, from the Enlightenment to social reform to communist revolution. We then leap back in time half a century to the alternately somber and hilarious shipboard diary of a common Italian everyman sailing to Brazil with a motley, multina­tional band of idealists to build a new society, a pitiless portrait of the often unbridgeable gap between theory and practice.

The Author:
Patrik Ourednik
was born 1957 in Prague, but moved to France in 1984, where he still lives. He is the author of twelve books, including fiction, essays, and poems. He is also the Czech translator of novels, short stories, and plays from such writers as Francois Rabelais, Alfred Jarry, Raymond Queneau, Samuel Beckett, and Boris Vian. He has received a number of prizes for his writing, including the Czech Literary Fund Award. The Opportune Moment, 1855 is his third book translated into English and published by Dalkey Archive.

About Alex Zucker, translator and moderator:
Alex Zucker’s translation of Petra Hůlová’s first novel, All This Belongs to Me, received the National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association. His translation of Jáchym Topol’s novel The Devil’s Workshop will be published by Portobello Books in 2013. He is currently translating Markéta Lazarová, by Vladislav Vančura, on a Literary Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Anderson Tepper, co-moderator:
Anderson Tepper has been on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair since 1998 and has written on books for a variety of publications, including the New York Times Book Review, the Nation, Words Without Borders, Tin House, and the Paris Review. He is on the advisory committee for the PEN World Voices Festival and the international stage of the Brooklyn Book festival.

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