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Mazes Of The Mind: On Mapping Extreme States

International luminaries Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica), Astrid Roemer (Suriname), and Norman Erikson Pasaribu (Indonesia) come together to discuss the precarity of dislocation, memory, and desire. In Astrid Roemer’s queer classic On a Woman’s Madness (tr. Lucy Scott), we meet a woman fleeing her hometown of Suriname, and in Carlos Fonseca’s luminous Austral (tr. Megan McDowell), a professor on a journey to a forgotten city in Guatemala (and beyond) to uncover the mysteries of a friend’s final novel. Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s Happy Stories, Mostly (tr. Tiffany Tsao) constructs speculative and surreal futures out of loss, stories that gleam like magic mirrors. Through dreamscape, striking postcolonial commentary, and dark humor, each book offers a fragment of hope. Moderated by Eric Banks, Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities.

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