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Carlos Labbé – Loquela Reading w/ Chad Post (Open Letter Books)
January 13, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Chilean author Carlos Labbé, one of the most interesting young voices in Spanish-Language literature, will present his new novel Loquela in conversation with Chad Post, director of Open Letter Books.
Loquela (Open Letter, 2015), Carlos Labbé’s fourth novel and second to be translated into English, is a narrative chameleon, a shape-shifting exploration of fiction’s possibilities.
At a basic level, this book is like a hybrid of Julio Cortázar and Paul Auster: a distorted detective novel, a love story, and a radical statement about narrative art. Behind the silence that unites and separates Carlos and Elisa, behind the game that estranges the albino girls, Alicia and Violeta, from the best summer afternoons, behind the destiny of Neutria—a city that disappears with childhood and returns with desire—and behind a literary movement that might be the ultimate vanguard while at the same time the greatest falsification, questions arise concerning who truly writes for whom in a novel—the author or the reader.
Through an array of voices, overlapping storylines, a kaleidoscope of literary references, and a delirious prose, Labbé carves out a space for himself among such form-defying Latin American greats as Diamela Eltit, Juan Carlos Onetti, and Jorge Luis Borges.
Carlos Labbé, one of Granta’s “Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists,” was born in Chile and is the author of five novels—including Navidad & Matanza, (Open Letter, 2014) and a collection of short stories. In addition to his writings, he is a musician and has released four albums. He is a co-editor at Sangría, a publishing house based in Santiago and Brooklyn. He also writes literary essays, the most notable ones on Juan Carlos Onetti, Diamela Eltit, and Roberto Bolaño.
Carlos will join in conversation with Chad Post, director of Open Letter, the University of Rochester’s new publishing house that deals exclusively with works in translation. He is also the co-founder and co-director of Reading the World, an innovative collaboration between publishers and independent booksellers to increase the readership for international literature.