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Center Stage (Columbus Park)

Columbus Park Brooklyn NY United States



Caught Up In History and Memory

If history is written by winners and memory is notoriously unreliable, how do contemporary novelists engage with both history and memory to shed light on their hidden and forgotten corners? In Gina Apostol’s Bibliolepsy, a young woman seeks salvation in books, sex, and love during the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines, whereas in Estelle-Sarah Bulle’s Where Dogs Bark with Their Tails, another young woman learns about Guadeloupe and its legacies of capitalism and colonialism from an eccentric old aunt. Georgi Gospodinov espouses yet another way by opening a Bulgarian “clinic for the past” for Alzheimer’s sufferers in Time Shelter. Moderated by translator Jeremy Tiang.

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