ZAMA by Antonio Di Benedetto NYRB Salon, October 2nd at 8:00pm!
An NYRB Classics Original First published in 1956, Zama is now universally recognized as one of the masterpieces of modern Argentinean and Spanish-language literature.
Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, Zama takes place in the last decade of the eighteenth century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asunción, the capital of remote Paraguay. Eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, Don Diego does as little as he possibly can while plotting an eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good.
Don Diego’s slow, nightmarish slide into the abyss is not just a tale of one man’s perdition but an exploration of existential, and very American, loneliness. Zama’s stark, dreamlike prose and spare imagery make every word appear to emerge from an ocean of things left unsaid.
Available in English for the first time, this 1956 classic of Argentine literature presents a riveting portrait of a mind deteriorating as the 18th century draws to a close….The final images of the novel are haunting and unforgettable. This extraordinary novel, whose English translation has been so long in coming, is a once and future classic. --Publishers Weekly, starred review A surprisingly modern existential portrait of a tortured soul. —BBC.com, “Ten Books to Read in August” [Di Benedetto] has written essential pages that have moved me and that continue to move me. —Jorge Luis Borges Di Benedetto is the rare novelist who doesn’t seek to reconstruct the past to prove a point. He lives the past, and exposes us to experiences and forms of behavior that retain all their weirdness. —Julio Cortazar
Saturday, Oct. 15 - Litcrawl
phase 2, 7:15 - 8:15
Hold on to your hats, it's going to be a bumpy night when 5 readers take on queering the apocalypse. Featuring:
Monique Jenkinson aka Faunique drag queen and performance artist
Leslie Mah guitarist with legendary queer-core band, Tribe 8
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