Join us at the Center for Fiction for a celebration of the complete set of new Clarice Lispector translations published by New Directions—an enormous two-decade project spearheaded by Benjamin Moser (the translator of the just-published The Apple in the Dark).
John Keene, Rivka Galchen, and Lucas Iberico Lozada will be joining us for a discussion about the stunning new translation of The Apple in the Dark—a chiefly metaphysical book about the nature of existence and creation—and the great Brazilian legend Clarice Lispector, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers of the twentieth-century, “a penetrating genius” (Donna Seaman, Booklist). Following the event we will have a reception with food and drink provided by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.
Rivka Galchen is an award novelist and a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. She is the author of five books: Atmospheric Disturbances (Novel, FSG, 2008), American Innovations (Short Stories, FSG 2014) and Little Labors (Essays, New Directions, 2016), Rat Rule 79 (Novel for Children, Restless Books, 2019) and Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch (Novel, FSG, 2021.) She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Fellowship, The Berlin Prize and The William J Saroyan International Prize in Fiction, and her work has been widely anthologized. In 2010, she was named to the New Yorker’s list of 20 Writers Under 40. Galchen also holds an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
John Keene is the author, co-author, and translator of a handful of books, including Annotations (1995) and Counternarratives (2015), both published by New Directions. Counternarratives received an American Book Award, a Lannan Literary Award, a Republic of Consciousness Prize (UK), and a Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction. His most recent publication, Punks: New & Selected Poems (The Song Cave, 2021), received the 2022 National Book Award for Poetry, the Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle and a 2022 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. A 2018 MacArthur Fellow, he is a Distinguished Professor and serves as department chair at Rutgers University-Newark.
Lucas Iberico Lozada is a writer and critic who lives in Philadelphia. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. A PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, he is at work on a novel and an essay collection about the many journeys of Christopher Columbus’s corpse.
General editor of the new translations of Clarice Lispector’s complete works at New Directions, Benjamin Moser is the author of Why This World: The Biography of Clarice Lispector, and Sontag: Her Life and Work, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. His new book, The Upside-Down World: Meetings with the Dutch Masters, will be published in October.
This event is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.