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Dec 2, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

New Literature from Europe - Reading from "Through the Frosted Glass" by Petra Hulova

Reading from "Through the Frosted Glass" by Petra Hulova. The Donnel Library Auditorium, Thursday, December 2 at 6 pm.

Thursday, December 2, 6 pm

The Donnell Library Auditorium
20 W 53rd Street, NYC

Tickets and info: (212) 621-0618, (212) 621-0619

Tickets will be distributed at the Donnell Library begining at 5 pm on the day of the event, and seating is strictly on a first come, first served basis.

Five European cultural institutes, the Czech Center New York, the Goethe-Institut New York, Instituto Cervantes, Instituto Italiano di Cultura, and the French Service Culturel with the Alliance Francaise, in cooperation with the Donnell branch of the New York Public Library, present an evening of readings, "New Literature from Europe." The audience will be introduced to five European authors and their recent works. It is hoped that this evening will serve to promote interest in and further translation of foreign literature in the United States. The five authors will include Petra Hůlova from the Czech Republic, Antonio Muñoz Molina of Spain, Tiziana Renaldi Castro of Italy, John von Düffel from Germany, and Camille Laurens of France.


Petra Hůlová (1979) is one of the rising stars of Czech literature. She studied Social Studies at Charles University in Prague and completed part of her schooling in Mongolia and New York.


In 2002 she made her debut with the book Paměti mojí babičce (In Memory of My Grandmother). The Czech press reacted enthusiastically and her book was awarded the prestigious Magnesia Litera Prize for being the discovery of that year. Moreover, readers of all large national newspapers in the Czech Republic proclaimed In Memory of My Grandmother to be the best book of 2002. Rights have already been sold in France, Hungary, and the Netherlands.


 New Literature from Europe will introduce Hůlová’s second novel Přes matný sklo (Through the Tinted Glass), an inward, psychological view of intimate family relationships narrated by a mother and her adult son, who both see their world from different perspectives. The main topic of the book is human loneliness, and that humans are insincere and deceiving to themselves. Hůlová sees the tragic under the surface of the everyday life and is a master at describing human personalities, attitudes, and relationships. The problems and questions raised in the novel are universal and recognizable for many readers.


In some ways Hůlová’s style is reminiscent of the great contemporary Czech author Jáchym Topol. But, unlike Topol, Hulová's books are more intently structured. Together with the Czech authors Tomáš Kolský, Jáchym Topol, Filip Topol, and Miloš Urban, Hůlová is a member of Pluh, a literary agency specializing in Czech literature. Visit the Web site www.pluh.org for more information.


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Dec 2, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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