Translator Katie Shireen Assef presents and signs Valérie Mréjen’s Black Forest

A man decides he is old enough. A woman returns early from a lovers' retreat to a bottle of pills at home. And how should you explain the nuances of contemporary Paris to your mother, twenty - five years dead? Valérie Mréjen's Black Forest is a book of mourning that isn't morbid or sentimental, but rather an elegant and wryly humorous brace against the void. With a paradoxically detached intimacy, Mréjen follows death's dark and twisted path through the lives it touches, wringing out every possible meaning--or non-meaning-- along the way. A writer at the height of her career who draws comparisons to Georges Perec and Nathalie Sarraute, Mréjen has cemented her status as an auteur with a singular voice, guiding us through the Black Forest of ghosts that populate her subconscious. (Deep Vellum Publishing)

Katie Shireen Assef is a literary translator living between Los Angeles and Arles, France. Black Forest is her first full -length translation.

 

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 7:00pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781944700904
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - October 15th, 2019
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