Thursday, September 20
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS & the Center for the Art of Translation welcomes Guadalupe Nettel to discuss her new novel After the Winter, on Thursday, September 20th at 7pm.
A man and a woman tell the story of their lives. Claudio is Cuban, lives in New York and works at a publishing house. Cecilia is Mexican, lives in Paris and is a student. He holds onto memories of his past in Havana and the pain of the loss of his first girlfriend as well as his complicated relationship with Ruth. She remembers her tough teenage years, and now her friend Haydée encourages her to get rid of those fears and start enjoying her life. Cecilia has a relationship with Tom, a boy of frail health who shares her fondness of walking in cemeteries.
During a trip to Paris Claudio and Cecilia’s destinies collide. As both characters describe their daily lives in detail in Paris and New York, their neuroses, passions, phobias, and past that has shaped their fears, surface. They explain how they met and the circumstances that made them like each other, to love each other and even to hate each other intermittently.
After the Winter is forthright, ambitious and unusual. It digs into the universe of those who live on the fringe, in bewilderment and unconformity. With this book Nettel becomes one of the essentials voices of contemporary Latin American Literature.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Guadalupe Nettel was voted in 2006 as one of thirty-nine most important Latin American writers under the age of thirty-nine at the Bogotá Hay Festival. She has lived in Montreal and Paris, and is now based in Mexico City. Her previous books include Natural Histories and The Body Where I Was Born.