Péter Nádas Book Launch & Live from the NYPL - Nov 7 and Nov 9, 2007

Péter Nádas, Fire and Knowledge

Péter Nádas is one of Hungary’s leading writers and a major figure in European life and letters. To celebrate the release of his acclaimed new book Fire & Knowledge, Mr. Nádas is making his first visit to the United States in over a decade.

Book Launch for Fire and Knowledge
Interviewed by award-winning author Susan Rubin Suleiman

DATE: November 7, 2007 at 7:30pm
PLACE: Hungarian Cultural Center, 447 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York

LIVE from the NYPL: Péter Nádas in conversation with Paul Holdengräber, Director of Public Programs
DATE: November 9, 2007 at 7:00 pm
PLACE: The South Court Auditorium of The New York Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street
ADMISSION: $15 General Admission
For ticket and event information, or call 212.930.0855.
Tickets for this event can be purchased online.

The U.S. publication of A Book of Memories in 1997 introduced to US audiences the work of an extraordinary novelist, an artist whom critics easily compared to Robert Musil, James Joyce, and Thomas Mann.

Now, in Fire and Knowledge, we discover other aspects of Péter Nádas’ major presence as a commentator on the events that have transformed Hungary and all of Europe since 1989; as a stunning literary critic; as a subtle interpreter of language and politics in societies both free and unfree; and as a moralist with a discerning eye for the crippling effects of deception and hypocrisy.

Fire and Knowledge acquaints us more fully with Nádas’s evolution as a writer of fiction, for it includes stories dating from the 60s and 70s, as well as some from more recent years, since the publication of his major novels and the reintegration of Western and Eastern Europe. Here, in full, is a rich and rewarding compilation of works by one of Hungary\'s greatest living writers.

About Péter Nádas
Writer, essayist, critic, and playwright Péter Nádas makes his home in Gombosszeg, a small village in western Hungary. His writings include collections of essays (Stage Set, On Heavenly and Earthly Love, Dialogue, Scrapes of Paper and other Miscellaneous Writings, Essays), novellas (Yearbook and Procession), and novels (A Book of Memories and Parallel Stories). His new book is Fire and Knowledge: Fiction and Essays.

About Susan Rubin Suleiman
Susan Rubin Suleiman was born in Budapest and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. She has been on the Harvard University faculty since 1981, where she is currently the C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature. Suleiman has won many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, and several NEH Fellowships. Her books include Subversive Intent: Gender, Politics, and the Avant-Garde (1990), and the memoir Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook (1996). Her latest book is Crises of Memory and the Second World War (Harvard University Press, 2006).

About Paul Holdengräber
Paul Holdengräber is the Director of Public Programs—now known as \"LIVE from the NYPL\"—for The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.

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