Join Dan Paracka and Dede Yow for a discussion of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kiterunner on Sept. 20, 3-5pm. The novel tells the story of a “privileged young narrator, who comes of age during the last peaceful days of the monarchy [in Afghanistan 1970’s], just before his country’s revolution and invasion by Russian forces.” Isabel Allende writes that “all the great themes of literature and of life are the fabric of this extraordinary novel: love, honor, guilt, fear, redemption.” As Dan Paracka observes, “Paternalism strips away power as one party supposes to know what is best for another.” Join us for an energizing and intellectually engaging conversation.
"Edith Bruck's extraordinarily incisive memoir of her life in wartime Auschwitz is one of the most impressive works of its kind that I've seen in the last five or six years. Readers will be powerfully moved and instructed by this brilliant and urgently necessary book.” Sandra M. Gilbert, author and scholar of Women’s Studies
Edith Bruck, born 1932 in Hungary, has devoted her life to sharing the powerful history of her experiences in the Nazi concentration camps. Since settling in Rome in the 1950s, she has been the most active writer of Holocaust narratives in Italian. This translation centers around an imaginary dialogue with Bruck’s mother, who died in died in Auschwitz. In a memoir linking pain and love, Bruck recovers her mother’s story as part of a larger history.