Virtual Event: Esther Kinsky in conversation with Claire-Louise Bennett
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An unnamed narrator, recently bereaved, travels to Olevano, a small village southeast of Rome. It is winter, and from her temporary residence on a hill between village and cemetery, she embarks on walks and outings, exploring the banal and the sublime with equal dedication and intensity. She recalls her travels in 1970s Italy, which she often visited as a child with her father. Fragmented impressions and memories—of Communist party rallies, roadside restaurants, film sequences, bird life, and the ubiquitous Etruscan necropoli—combine into a mosaic of a bygone era. Written in a rich and poetic style, Grove is an exquisite novel of grief, love, and landscapes.
Translated from the German by Caroline Schmidt.
Esther Kinsky grew up by the River Rhine and lived in London for twelve years. She is the author of three volumes of poetry and four novels, including River, and has translated many notable English (John Clare, Henry David Thoreau, Iain Sinclair) and Polish (Joanna Bator, Miron Białoszewski, Magdalena Tulli) authors into German. Grove won the Leipzig Book Prize and the Düsseldorf Book Prize.
Claire-Louise Bennett was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize and went on to complete her debut book, Pond, which was published by The Stinging Fly (Ireland) and Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) in 2015, and by Riverhead (US) in 2016. Pond was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2016.
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