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An evening with Iosi Havilio, in conversation with Bonny Brooks

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Iosi Havilio, one of Argentina's leading contemporary authors, will be joining us on the 23rd of August, at 7pm, for a reading and a conversation with novelist and scholar Bonny Brooks.

Iosi Havilio (b. 1974 Buenos Aires) became a cult author in Argentina after his debut novel Open Door was highly praised by the outspoken and influential writer Rodolfo Fogwill and by influential Argentine critic, Beatriz Sarlo. Petite Fleur is his fifth novel.

Petite Fleur is also our book group choice for the month of August.

Bonny Brooks has been awarded the prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council Award for her forthcoming novel Interventionist Gods, about imperilled activists assisting North Korean defectors. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for a number of major prizes, her journalism has been published in Japanese, and her poetry has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She was a 2015 Research Fellow at the John W. Kluge Centre for Scholars at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.



About Petite Fleur

Touches of Jodorowsky, Aira and Dostoyevsky as a house-husband finds he possesses a gruesome talent.

‘You'll read Petite Fleur in a single sitting, carried along by the lively rhythm and a wacky plot leavened by a blend of darkness and cruelty.’ Le Figaro

‘An absolute masterpiece’ Marie Claire France

‘Iosi Havilio has caused a literary storm in Argentina.’ The Independent

When José’s fireworks factory job ends explosively, his wife Laura returns to work. Recovering from his initial depression, he makes friends with his jazz-loving neighbor. But José uncovers a gruesome talent, and life, death and resurrection converge. Through one single, hypnotic paragraph, Havilio harnesses the unpredictability of Aira and the mysticism of Tolstoy in this discordant riff on suburban life.



This session is free to attend, and will be followed by a book signing. Complimentary refreshments will also be provided.

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