NYU Center for the Humanities, Stanford University’s Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, and Deutsches Haus at NYU present the inaugural event of “Irregular Readings,” a conversation with novelist and poet Anja Kampmann who will read from her highly acclaimed debut novel, High as the Waters Rise (Catapult, 2020), and from her poetry. She will then discuss her writing with literary translator Anne Posten who translated High as the Waters Rise from the German. Their conversation will be moderated by Professor Ulrich Baer (NYU) and Professor Amir Eshel (Stanford University).
About “Irregular Readings”:
“Irregular Readings” is a new literary initiative, created by NYU Center for the Humanities, Stanford University’s Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, and Deutsches Haus at NYU, and will showcase moderated conversations and readings to introduce English-speaking audiences to contemporary German-language literature and the authors who are creating this diverse and vibrant body of work. The series will take place (as you might expect from the title) on an irregular basis and, for the time being, via live Zoom sessions.
About High as the Waters Rise:
One night aboard an oil drilling platform in the Atlantic, Waclaw returns to his cabin to find that his bunkmate and companion, Mátyás, has gone missing. A search of the rig confirms his fear that Mátyás has fallen into the sea. Grief-stricken, he embarks on an epic emotional and physical journey that takes him to Morocco, to Budapest and Mátyás’s hometown in Hungary, to Malta, to Italy, and finally to the mining town of his childhood in Germany. Waclaw’s encounters along the way with other lost and yearning souls – Mátyás’s angry, grieving half-sister; lonely rig workers on shore leave; a truck driver who watches the world change from his driver’s seat – bring us closer to his origins while also revealing the problems of a globalized economy dependent on waning natural resources.
Location & Time
March 25, 2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)
Please register here at Eventbrite.