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Sergio Pitol: An Evening with Translator George Henson

Join George Henson, translator of the late Mexican master Sergio Pitol’s “Trilogy of Memory” and forthcoming Mephisto’s Waltz: Selected Short Stories, for a special one-night only “book club” style talk on Pitol and his works, with a particular emphasis on The Magician of Vienna.

You don’t want to miss this chance to get a glimpse into the creative tour-de-force that was Pitol, who Valeria Luiselli, renowned author of Faces in the Crowd, says “is probably one of Mexico’s most culturally complex and composite writers. He is certainly the strangest, most unfathomable and eccentric. . . . It isn’t easy to explain the reason why Pitol’s imagination takes hold of his readers. Perhaps it is the way he’s able to delicately tap into the most disturbing layers of reality and turn our conception of what is normal inside out. Perhaps it’s because he’s always telling a deeper, sadder, more disquieting story while pretending to narrate another. Or perhaps it is merely that strange gift which very few possess: a voice that reverberates beyond the margins of his books.”

The talk is free and open to the public! We’ll see you there!  

Sergio Pitol Demeneghi is one of Mexico’s most acclaimed writers, born in the city of Puebla in 1933. He studied law and philosophy in Mexico City. He is renowned for his intellectual career in both the field of literary creation and translation, and is renowned for his work in the promotion of Mexican culture abroad, which he achieved during his long service as a cultural attaché in Mexican embassies and consulates across the globe. He has lived perpetually on the run: he was a student in Rome, a translator in Beijing and Barcelona, a university professor in Xalapa and Bristol, and a diplomat in Warsaw, Budapest, Paris, Moscow and Prague. Pitol is a contemporary of the most famous authors of the Latin American “Boom,” and began publishing novels, stories, criticism, and translations in the 1960s. In recognition of the importance of his entire canon of work, Pitol was awarded the two most important prizes in the Spanish language world: the Juan Rulfo Prize in 1999 (now known as the FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages), and in 2005 he won the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the Spanish language world, often called the “Spanish language Nobel.” Deep Vellum has published Pitol’s Trilogy of Memory in full (The Art of Flight; The Journey; The Magician of Vienna), marking the first appearance of any of Pitol’s books in English.

Book club members get 20% off when you buy that month's title at Deep Vellum Books! Just mention "DV Book Club" when you check out!

Earlier Event: July 21
Pilgrim's Pit Stop
Later Event: July 26
NFAA Monthly Meetup