Nov 14, 2012 - Nov 17, 2012
New Literature from Europe
Literature has been inspired by the visual at least since the epics of Homer, and the lives of artists have been the subject of the novel since the dawn of the genre in the Nineteenth Century. NLE 2012, the ninth annual New Literature from Europe festival, asks why European writers are writing about art, about artists, and about the art world today. What does this art about other arts reveal about the creative process? Why are contemporary novelists using painting or music as a link between present and past, or even as a means for conjuring the dead? What can be revealed when one art form is refracted through another art form?
Are we seeing a resurgence of Surrealism in the wake of 9/11, in which the world now seems Surreal or virtualized? Has our reality become fragmented? Is there a clear line between fiction and critical thought? In the work of the authors participating in this year’s festival the conclusions are both serious and satirical and range from a feminist exploration of the lives of women artists across time, to the story of a man who can’t stop painting his deceased daughter, an illustrated work about a New England spirit medium at the dawn of photography, a surrealistic novel about a novel called The Bulgarian Truck, a mystery surrounding an exhibition of African art in Liverpool, and a skewering of the art market that asks whether the art world just takes itself too seriously.
Monika Zgustova is an award-wining author whose works (novels, short stories, a play and a biography) have been translated into nine languages. She was born in Prague. In the 1970s she studied comparative literature in the United States. In the 1980s she moved to Barcelona, where she writes for the op-ed page in El Pais, Spain's leading newspaper, as well as for Mlada Fronta Dnes, the Czech leading newspaper. As a translator of Czech and Russian literature into Spanish and Catalan –including the writing of Havel, Kundera, Hrabal, Dostoevsky, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, and Babel– Zgustova is credited with bringing major twentieth-century writers into Spain.
The festival is organized by the New York branches of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Czech Center, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Goethe-Institut, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Polish Cultural Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, and Instituto Cervantes, within the framework of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), in collaboration with 192 Books, New York University Liberal Arts Department, the New York Public Library, Printed Matter, InTranslation, Words without Borders.
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From: Nov 14, 2012
To: Nov 17, 2012
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event