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Resistance: Where Fiction Meets Reality, Part Two
August 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Book Fringe is delighted to welcome Julian Fuks with his new novel from Charco Press, Resistance. We are also joined by translator Daniel Hahn, who has over sixty books to his name! Resistance doesn’t publish until October – so Golden Hare are delighted to off you this mega preview!
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‘My brother is adopted, but I can’t say and don’t want to say that my brother is adopted.’ These are the words that open Resistance, Julián Fuks’ semi-autobiographical novel where the memories of a country are dramatically interwoven with the memories of one family, creating a profound and moving story about truth and the all-too real complexity of family relations.
In the terrifying atmosphere of late 1970s Buenos Aires, a young militant couple engaged in the resistance against the military regime adopt a child. Matters had reached breaking point; people were informing on friends and family members, who were then captured by the regime and subjected to horrific torture. Amid this ever-growing oppression, the couple and their baby flee to Brazil, believing it to be a more tranquil country in which to raise a family and pursue their lives.
In Brazil, the couple add to their brood with a biological son and daughter, and family relations become more complicated. As psychoanalysts, the parents are familiar with the theories on adopted and biological children, but life is always different from any theoretical discourse. It is up to the sensitive youngest son Sebastián, Fuks’ alter-ego, to examine the family’s history of violence and exile, and, more importantly, to rewrite the family’s narrative. The result, written in a prose that is both lyrical and essayistic, is a powerful account where the protagonist’s intimate past and the history of a country overlap in an exceptionally memorable form. This generation-defining book has taken Brazil by storm.
Julián Fuks was born in São Paulo in 1981 and is the son of Argentinian parents. As an author whose work has garnered nominations from several of Brazil’s top literary prizes and accolades from Granta, Fuks has gained recognition as one of Brazil’s most outstanding young writers. Currently also a critic and translator, Fuks graduated in journalism from the Universidade de São Paulo and soon began working as a literary reporter and critic for Folha de S. Paulo, one of Latin America’s biggest-selling newspapers. In 2009, he received a master’s degree in Latin American Literature and he still expects to complete his doctorate in literary theory. During 2017, Fuks worked alongside Mia Couto, one of Africa’s leading writers, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Of all the books he has written, Fuks calls his latest novel, Resistance(Winner of the Jabuti Award for Best Novel of the Year 2016, and the José Saramago Literary Prize 2017) his most important work.
Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with some sixty books to his name. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award and the Blue Peter Book Award, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, among others. He is a past chair of the Society of Authors, and on the board of a number of organisations that work with literature, translation and free speech. Recent books include the new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature and the translation of an Angolan novel.
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