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Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer at Community Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY)
March 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Renowned Dutch author Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer presents his masterpiece novel La Superba, to be published by Deep Vellum in March 2016, co-presented by the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Netherland-America Foundation, & the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
Migration and immigration–legal and illegal–are the focus of La Superba, the first novel by acclaimed Dutch author Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer to find its way into English. A writer discovers a woman’s leg and sets off on a Rabelaisian quest through back alleys, brothels, seaports, and bars searching for “the most beautiful girl in Genoa.” Bizarre, yes, but La Superba is also a profound meditation on labor, poverty, suffering, and grace in postmodern Europe. Winner of the Libris Literatuurprijs, the Netherlands’ most prestigious literary award, Pfeijffer’s masterpiece is, in the words of the Dutch Foundation for Literature, “a pocket guide to Dante’s Inferno.”