EVENTS GALORE: Alisa Ganieva & Celebrations of Sphinx

Alisa Ganieva is in the USA!

Alisa Ganieva

Alisa Ganieva The Mountain and the Wall AST, 2012, Russia Translator: Carol Apollonio Publishing Date: June 2015 Original Title: Праздничная гора


Alisa Ganieva has arrived in the US! TONIGHT she is reading in NYC at the awesomely amazing bookstore BOOK CULTURE on the Upper West Side (W. 112th St.), and then discussing her work with Ronald Meyer (Harriman Institute of Slavic Studies at Columbia University). The event is co-sponsored by Read Russia.

Alisa will also be reading in Iowa City at Prairie Lights Bookstore on June 25th w/ Kiki Petrosino & Karim Alrawi.

Ganieva is in the US to teach a class at the University of Iowa‘s International Writing Program, of which she is a 2012 alumna:

Ganieva IWP 2015

Reviews of Ganieva’s The Mountain and the Wall are starting to roll in, and they’re exemplary:

An excellent story about the rise of Islam, the fate of the republics in post-Soviet Russia and the traditions of a people little known in the West.

I have to be honest and admit straight away that I’d never even heard of Dagestan until I read this book, so I come to write this review more tentatively than I might usually. In a way, though, that’s quite appropriate; because it seems to me that Ganieva’s novel is very much concerned with hearsay and the limits of knowledge.

We also have two incredibly amazing events coming up to celebrate the brilliance that is Anne Garréta‘s SPHINX with the book’s translator, Emma Ramadan:

  • June 23rd A Celebration of Sphinx w/ translator Emma Ramadan, Oulipomember Daniel Levin Becker, and writer/critic Scott Esposito at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco, CA at 7:30pm. Event info here.
  • July 1 A Celebration of Sphinx w/ translator Emma RamadanSarah Gerard (author of Binary Star, pub. by Two Dollar Radio), and Ian Dreiblatt (poet, Russian translator, good dude) at Community Bookstore in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York at 7pm. Event info here.

The wave of rave reviews for Sphinx keeps growing:

Ramadan is not simply walking along underneath Garréta’s tightrope, looking up, and parroting her every movement. This is not a separate, unconnected tightrope—the two of them are intimately and inextricably connected.

I loved the book; it was a fully immersive reading experience.

Reading Anne Garréta’s Sphinx – or any work by a member of the Oulipo, I imagine – is like unraveling a puzzle. 


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