Jewish Book Week: Jenny Erpenbeck in conversation with Doron Rabinovici and Leo Robson
To Michael Faber, Jenny Erpenbeck is 'one of the finest, most exciting authors alive.' Her novel The End of Days is a story of the 20th century traced through the alternative lives of a single woman. In Elsewhere, Doron Rabinovici's often hilarious, fast-paced and moving novel set between Vienna and Tel Aviv, he confronts themes of identity, belonging and antisemitism; long-held family secrets simmer and the truth is never transparent. The authors will be talking to New Statesman lead fiction reviewer Leo Robson. Jenny Erpenbeck is the Berlin-based author of several works of fiction, including The Book of Words, Visitation and The End of Days which recently won the Hans Fallada Prize. She is also an opera director. Doron Rabinovici was born in Tel Aviv and lives in Vienna. He is a historian and novelist and has won numerous prizes, including the prestigious 3sat Prize for his first collection of short stories. Leo Robson is a journalist specialising in literature and the arts. He has served as both television and film critics for major broadsheets and is lead fiction reviewer for The New Statesman. He is a judge on the 2015 David Cohen Prize for Literature. In Association with Austrian Cultural Forum, London and the Goethe Institute.
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Bath Literature Festival: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on "The American Dream Is Dead"
A robust debate about capitalism and aspiration in the wake of global financial collapse. Channel 4's Economics Editor Paul Mason and The Independent's Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argue that America's cultural and economic dominance is over. Justin Webb, BBC Radio 4 presenter and former BBC North America editor, and Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature, contend that the dream is still alive. Chaired by Channel 4's Jon Snow.
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