February 26, 2013 - 7:00 PM
242 Columbus Ave.
Join us at the Epicenter for the launch of Arno Bertina’s first novel in English, Brando, My Solitude. Arno will be in conversation with his translator, American author Laird Hunt. (Click here for a short preview conversation between Bertina and Hunt.)
In Bertina’s tale, conceived as a biographical hypothesis, the author and his grandfather meet posthumously. The resultant exploration of an existence played quietly out across the 20th century, through provincial French childhood, war, colonization and provincial French retirement, comes to us as a composite—some remembered, some researched, some wholly imagined—of careful, longing glances.
As I was becoming a teenager, that is to say a serious person, he was becoming an eccentric, at 70, an inconsistent and flighty person. We missed each other.”
Book sales and signings to follow the conversation.
About the Authors
Arno Bertina, born in 1975, is the prolific and critically acclaimed author of several novels, including the trilogy (Le Dehors ou la migration des truites, Appoggio, and Anima motrix), an epic on some refugees flocking at the door of Europe. His novel J’ai appris a ne pas rire du demon (I Learnt not to Laugh at the Demon) is biographic fiction dedicated to the singer Johnny Cash, and his philosophical road novel Je suis une aventure features tennis star Roger Federer as a central character. He is also one of the founders and editors of the influential Paris-based literary review Inculte. His first U.S. book, Brando, My Solitude (CounterpathPress), has just been published, translated into English by American writer Laird Hunt.
Laird Hunt is an American author of six books, including a short story collection and five novels: The Impossibly; Indiana, Indiana; The Exquisite; Ray of the Star; and Kind One, which has just been released. His writings, reviews and translations appear in the United States and abroad, and he is the English translator of Brando, My Solitude. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Co-presented by the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, French American Cultural Society, and Green Apple Books.
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