Reading the World Book Club - Brown Bag (cookies will be served)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:00 p.m.
Venue: Eugene McDermott Library (MC)
Season: 2019-2020

Please join the Center for Translation Studies on Tuesday, November 12 at 12 noon in the Richardson Room (3rd floor, 3.544) of the UT Dallas McDermott Library, for a discussion of AntalSzerb’s, Oliver VII (2007), translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix. The book is available for loan from the UT Dallas library and for purchase from the UT Dallas Bookstore. Please note this is a brown bag event, so you are welcome to bring your lunch to the discussion and we will serve cookies for dessert. About the Book: The restless King Oliver VII of Alturia, an obscure Central European state whose only notable exports are wine and sardines, wants nothing more than an easy life: so, plotting a coup against himself, King Oliver VII escapes to Venice in search of ‘real’ experience. There he falls in with a team of con-men and ends up, to his own surprise, impersonating himself. His journey through successive levels of illusion and reality teaches him much about the world, about his own nature and the paradoxes of the human condition. Szerb offered Oliver VIIas a translation from a non-existent English writer, A H Redcliff — typical Szerb humor, or a reflection of the fact that as a ‘rootless cosmopolitan’ his own work was banned by the Nazi regime?
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