A Reading with Award-Winning Polish Author Olga Tokarczuk and Translator Jennifer Croft

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International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 1512
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2018-09-27 14:30:00
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2018-09-27 16:30:00

Please join the East Central European Center, the Polish Cultural Institute, and the Harriman Institute for a reading and discussion with Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the Man Booker International Prize, as part of her multi-city book tour with translator Jennifer Croft.

Poland’s leading novelist returns to the United States to celebrate the American debut of her award-winning novel Flights. A seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist discovers the Achilles tendon by dissecting his own amputated leg. Chopin's heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. A woman must return to her native Poland to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and a young man slowly descends into madness when his wife and child mysteriously vanish during a vacation and just as suddenly reappear. Through these brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion not only through space but through time. Flights is Tokarczuk’s first novel to appear in English since 2011 and has immediately been a sensational success, capturing this year’s Man Booker International Prize. A genre-defying "constellation novel," it is a poetic meditation on travel, immortality and the human condition. Joining Tokarczuk will be her translator Jennifer Croft, whose powerful translation of Flights won this year’s Found in Translation Award for the best translation of Polish literature into English.

Olga Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s most celebrated and beloved authors, a winner of the Man Booker International Prize, as well as her country’s highest literary honor, the Nike. She is the author of eight novels and two short story collections, and has been translated into a dozen languages. Her work has appeared in n+1, BOMB, and Asymptote.

Jennifer Croft is a 2018–19 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. She is also the recipient of Fulbright, PEN, MacDowell, and National Endowment for the Arts grants and fellowships, as well as the inaugural Michael Henry Heim Prize for Translation and a Tin House Scholarship for her novel Homesick, originally written in Spanish. She holds a PhD from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, n+1, BOMB, VICE, Guernica, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.

Photo: Lukasz Giza

For further information regarding this event, please contact Carly Jackson by sending email to crj2116@columbia.edu or by calling 212 854 6217.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 14:30