Eduardo Halfon, author of Monastery, in conversation with Anderson Tepper


Sábado 18 de Octubre, 7pm
 
Eduardo Halfon, author of Monastery, in conversation with Anderson Tepper. 
 
 
 
 

In Monastery, the nomadic narrator of Eduardo Halfon’s critically-acclaimed The Polish Boxer returns to travel from Guatemalan cities, villages, coffee plantations, and border towns to a private jazz concert in New York’s Harlem, a former German U-Boat base on the French Breton coast, and Israel, where he escapes from his sister’s Orthodox Jewish wedding into an erotic adventure with the enigmatic Tamara. His passing encounters are unforgettable; his relationships, problematic. At once a world citizen and a writer who mistrusts the power of language, he is pursued by history’s ghosts and unanswerable questions. He is a cartographer of identity on a compelling journey to an uncertain destination. As he draws and redraws his boundaries, he confronts us with the limitations of our own.

In consultation with the author, Monastery was translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman, who teaches at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Daniel Hahn, national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation, both of whom also contributed to the translation of The Polish Boxer.

Reader’s Digest Great New Book

Jewish Journal Noteworthy Book for the New Year

http://blpress.org/author-qas/conversation-eduardo-halfon-monastery/

Eduardo Halfon was born in Guatemala City. He moved to the United States with his family at the age of ten, went to school in South Florida, studied industrial engineering at North Carolina State University, and then returned to Guatemala to teach literature at Universidad Francisco Marroquín for eight years. Named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogotá, he is also the recipient of the prestigious José María de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. Although bilingual, Halfon chooses to write in Spanish and has published nine books of fiction. In 2011 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on continuing the story of The Polish Boxer, which was the first of his books to be published in English, in 2012, by Bellevue Literary Press. Halfon now lives in Nebraska.

Anderson Tepper is on the staff of Vanity Fair and has reviewed books for a variety of places, including the New York Times Book ReviewSalonthe Nation, and the Village Voice.