While the world faces unrest from a multitude of directions, in some countries it’s been part of their very foundation. These authors’ books meditate on dispossession, violence, and language in Palestine; familial ties and political murder in 1970s Congo; and the kidnapping of a Mexican student by unlikely gangsters before his flight abroad to Spain. Join novelists Adania Shibli (Minor Detail), Alain Mabanckou (The Death of Comrade President), and Juan Pablo Villalobos (I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me) as they discuss how the repercussions of violence are experienced on a literary level, and felt across generations and through history, and how the personal and political intersect in their works in both tragic and absurd ways. Moderated by Minna Zallman Proctor, author of Landslide: True Stories.
This program is part of the International Programming of the Brooklyn Book Festival, made possible with the support of public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and with special appreciation to City Council Member Stephen Levin.