Crossing Borders: Europe Through the Lens of Time
December 5 – 6, 2014
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 E 52nd St, New York

Join us for a celebration of the most exciting voices in European Literature today, guided by some of America’s top writers and critics. Come on a European journey through the lens of time that takes us on a murder mystery in France, to Italy on the brink of collapse during the end of the Second World War, to a love story in Germany, and asylum in Austria. Artistic decisions turn to a matter of life and death in the Czech Republic and survival skills are pushed to the limit in Poland’s Warsaw Ghetto.  Go back in time to life in a Hungarian village, and visit Bulgaria in the aftermath of the collapse of communism, before ending our journey in Romania, during the reign of a totalitarian regime.

Friday night features Barbara Epler, President of New Directions.

Saturday’s panels will be moderated by renowned American writers Lorraine Adams, Ian Buruma, and Siri Hustvedt.

This year the festival is also pleased to host the prize-giving ceremony for the annual Polish Government Found in Translation Award, for best translation of Polish literature into English in the previous year. This year’s winner is Philip Boehm, for his translation of Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall (Peirene Press, 2013).

Admission is free, but an RSVP is necessary for each event you wish to attend. Click the links below to register.

Friday, December 5
(THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT)

Readings from Across Europe
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Featuring Julia Deck, Davide Longo, Nicol Ljubić, Susanne Scholl, János Háy, Georgi Tenev, Lucian Dan Teodorovici, Magdaléna Platzová, and Philip Boehm. Introduced by New Directions Publisher, Barbara Epler.

Saturday, December 6
Themed Panel Discussions
Each panel will be followed by a book signing

Love in a Time of War
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the bestselling novels Harbor and The Room and the Chair, Lorraine Adams, the panel ‘Love in a Time of War’ explores what intimacy looks like during uncertain and violent times. Emma’s Silence, by Susanne Scholl (Austria), tells of an encounter between an elderly Viennese woman and a woman who has fled to Austria to escape conflict in Chechnya. Nicol Ljubić’s (Germany) Stillness of the Sea is a love story complicated by fallouts from the Yugoslav wars. Set in war-torn Poland, Chasing the King of Hearts, by Hanna Krall (Poland), is a tale of desperation – for redemption, for justice, and for love. Krall will be represented by her award-winning translator Philip Boehm. Moderator: Lorraine Adams.
Participants: Susanne Scholl, Nicol Ljubić, and Philip Boehm

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True Grit – Beating the Odds
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
This fascinating discussion moderated by Ian Buruma (Erasmus Prize-winner, and current Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College), ties together narratives in which the protagonists face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Julia Deck’s (France) Viviane explores madness and sanity through an engrossing murder mystery. Using an Italy on the brink of collapse as its backdrop, Davide Longo’s (Italy) Last Man Standing tells the tale of a disgraced professor trying to muster up the courage to transport his children to safety. The Kid, by János Háy (Hungary), deals with the effects failure can have on one’s life and mental health. Moderator: Ian Buruma. Participants: Julia Deck, János Háy,  and Davide Longo

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Buried Secrets
6:00 – 7:30pm
Siri Hustvedt, Gabarron International Award for Thought and Humanties-recipient and author of the bestselling books What I Loved and The Summer Without Men, moderates ‘Buried Secrets’, a panel whose theme is untold truths hidden beneath the surface. Aaron’s Leap, by Magdaléna Platzová (Czech Republic), tells the real-life story of a woman who taught art to children in a Nazi transport camp and died in Auschwitz, through the perspective of a modern day film crew delving into the past. Lucian Dan Teodorovici’s (Romania) Matei The Brown follows a man afflicted with amnesia, as he tries to piece together his past and deal with a policeman who has taken to following him. Set in the aftermath of Communism’s collapse in Bulgaria, Georgi Tenev’s (Bulgaria) Party Headquarters weaves an intriguing narrative in which the protagonist sets out to deliver a suitcase filled with illegitimate money for his dying father-in-law. Moderator: Siri Hustvedt. Participants: Magdaléna Platzová, Lucian Dan Teodorovici,  and Georgi Tenev

Presentation of the Found in Translation Award to Philip Boehm
7:35 pm 
 Grzegorz Gauden, director of the Polish Book Institute

Wine and Cheese Reception and Closing Remarks
7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Click here to register for “Buried Secrets,” the Found in Translation award ceremony, and the closing reception