Due to health issues, Mr. Schein had to cancel his tour.
We regret any inconvenience this has caused.
Wednesday, April 18
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is very pleased to welcome Gábor Schein to discuss his novels, The Book of Mordechai and Lazarus, on Wednesday, April 18th at 7pm. He will be joined in conversation with one of his English translators (and our good friend from Transit Books), Adam Levy.
The Book of Mordechai and Lazarus are the first and the second novels by Hungarian writer Gábor Schein. Published together in one volume, they comprise the first in Seagull Books's new Hungarian List series.
Both novels trace the legacy of the Holocaust in Hungary. The Book of Mordechai tells the story of three generations in a Hungarian Jewish family, interwoven with the biblical narrative of Esther. Lazarus relates the relationship between a son, growing up in the in the final decades of late-communist Hungary, and his father, who survived the depredations of Hungarian fascists during World War II. Mordechai is an act of recovery--an attempt to seize a coherent story from a historical maelstrom. By contrast, Lazarus, like Kafka's unsent letter to his own father, is an act of defiance. Against his father's wish to never be the subject of his son's writing, the narrator places his father at the center of his story. Together, both novels speak to a contemporary Hungarian society that remains all too silent towards the crimes of the past.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gábor Schein is one of the most important writers to emerge in post-1989 Hungary. The author of several acclaimed volumes of poetry, he has also written several prose works and verse dramas. He is a professor at the Hungarian Literary History Institute of Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.