Compass: An Evening with Mathias Énard

Oct, 30 2017 | 7:00 PM

Compass: An Evening with Mathias Énard


Address: 972 Fifth Avenue
City: New York
State: NY
Zip: 10075

Join internationally acclaimed French novelist Mathias Enard as he presents his novel, Compass (New Directions), winner of the 2015 Prix Goncourt.

In Compass, Franz Ritter, an insomniac musicologist, spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories, revisiting an ongoing fascination with the Middle East and his numerous travels to Istanbul, Aleppo, Damascus, and Tehran, as well as—over the centuries—the various writers, artists, musicians, academics, translators, and explorers who populate this vast dreamscape. At the center of these reveries is Sarah, a fiercely intelligent French scholar caught in the intricate tension between Europe and the Middle East. With exhilarating prose and sweeping erudition, Mathias Énard pulls astonishing elements from disparate sources—from Balzac and Proust, from Thomas Mann and Sadegh Hedayat—and binds them together in a hypnotic, magical way.

Free and open to the public.