Deep Vellum Books welcomes Noemi Jaffe, author of What Are the Blind Men Dreaming?, for a night of literary conversation on her groundbreaking novel.
Noemi Jaffe is an award-winning Brazilian writer whose literary career has exploded in the last five years, gaining critical acclaim and momentum worldwide, with her works being translated into nearly a dozen languages. After working as a teacher of Brazilian Literature for more than 20 years and concluding her academic career with a PhD on the poetry of Antonio Cicero, in 2005 Jaffe published a poetry volume—her first publication—at the age of 43. At that time, she was already working as a literary reviewer for the cultural supplement of daily Folha de S.Paulo and had published several works on literary theory. From then on, she started dedicating herself more and more to literature, working across several genres, including novels, poetry, short stories, essays, and creative nonfiction. Presently, Noemi Jaffe also contributes with a monthly column for the newspaper Valor Econômico and for the magazine Harper’s Bazaar. She teaches a regular course on Creative Writing at Casa do Saber, and her work is now published by the prestigious Companhia das Letras, Brazil’s largest publishing house. She lives in São Paulo, Brazil.
A groundbreaking use of storytelling as means to bear witness features three generations of women’s individual voices—mother, Liwia, in the diary she wrote after liberation from Bergen-Belsen; daughter, Noemi, considering themes of her mother’s memory and survival; and granddaughter, Leda, reflecting on what it means to be the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor—combine in an never-before-accomplished use of literary storytelling as means to remember, reflect, and bear witness to the horrors of the Holocaust.