Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Jáchym Topol in New York for New Lit From Europe Fest Next Week

New Yorkers are in for a treat next week, as charismatic Czech author Jáchym Topol comes to town for the New Literature from Europe festival, November 14–16 (Thursday to Saturday).

NOTE: Topol himself is confirmed only for the Nov. 15 and 16 events. 

The Times Literary Supplement called Topol’s latest book — The Devil’s Workshop, translated by Alex Zucker and published by Portobello Books — “a miracle of compression, its scope greater than ought to be possible for a book of its length.”

The TLS added: “It should help to cement Jáchym Topol’s reputation as one of the most original and compelling European voices at work today.”

The Guardian described the book’s humor as “so treacly black it almost chokes you.”

You can read an excerpt of The Devil’s Workshop, Topol’s fourth book in English so far, on Topol’s page at the NLE website.

Joining Topol for the New Literature from Europe festival, now in its 10th year, will be eight other authors — from Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Spain — including Ilija Trojanow, the Bulgarian-German author recently barred from entering the United States for reasons he believes were connected with his criticism of U.S. surveillance programs.

The festival consists of three events: Thursday evening at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan, Friday evening at Melville House in Brooklyn, and Saturday afternoon at the New York Public Library main branch in Manhattan.

All events are free and open to the public.

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