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october, 2023

22octsunNot Even the Dead - With Juan Gomez Bárcena and Katie Whittemore5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

Event Details

Ladies and gentlemen, literary enthusiasts, and lovers of transcendent tales, we are thrilled to invite you to a unique literary event that promises to be both enlightening and captivating. Join us for an evening where the boundaries of language blur, and the magic of storytelling transcends cultures.

Introducing “Not Even the Dead”

Juan Gomez Barcena, the acclaimed author known for his profound insights into history and the human condition, will be presenting his latest book published in the US, “Not Even the Dead.” This novel, a poignant claim of justice for history’s overlooked and oppressed, echoes the literary brilliance of authors like Joseph Conrad, Alejo Carpentier, and David Mitchell. Set against the backdrop of post-conquest Mexico, it weaves a tale of a soldier’s relentless pursuit of a prophetic figure, the Father, through uncharted territories, transcending centuries and culminating in the contemporary challenges faced at today’s Trump wall.

A Dual Reading: Spanish and English

In a rare treat, both Bárcena and his talented translator, Katie Whittemore, will grace the stage to breathe life into this narrative. Experience the original Spanish prose in Barcena’s evocative voice, capturing the essence and rhythm of his homeland. Then, immerse yourself in the English rendition by Whittemore, who has masterfully retained the novel’s soul and nuances. This bilingual reading promises to be a symphony of words, an ode to the universality of storytelling.

The Art and Craft of Translation

Katie Whittemore, with her impressive portfolio of translations, has once again showcased her prowess with “Not Even the Dead.” Translating is not merely about converting words from one language to another; it’s about capturing the spirit, the emotions, and the cultural nuances of the original text. Whittemore’s work on this novel is a testament to her dedication to preserving the author’s voice while making the story accessible to a global audience.

A Conversation with the Maestros

Following the readings, Chad W. Post, the esteemed director of Open Letter Books and a stalwart supporter of literature in translation, will moderate a conversation between Bárcena and Whittemore. Dive deep into the intricacies of writing and translating “Not Even the Dead.” Discover the challenges faced, the moments of epiphany, and the collaborative journey of bringing this novel to the English-speaking world. Chad, with his vast experience in the literary world, promises to steer the conversation, shedding light on the often-overlooked art of translation and the symbiotic relationship between an author and their translator.



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