The Brooklyn Book Festival
The Los Angeles Review of Books
The Center for the Art of Translation
The Polish Cultural Institute New York
Wioletta Greg: Swallowing Mercury
Man Booker International-nominated author in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 12:00pm
Brooklyn Book Festival
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:00pm
The Study Hollywood, Los Angeles
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:30pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco
"Wioletta Greg's first novel shines with a surreal and unsettling vigor. As an award-winning poet, Greg writes with a lyricism that brings alive the charms and dangers of Wiola's life."--The Financial Times
"Greg's masterful first novel is charming, seductive, and sinister by turns."--Kirkus (starred review)
"[A] heartbreaking and enlivening novel."--Publishers Weekly
One of Poland's most exciting fiction authors and poets, Wioletta Greg will be promoting her US début novel: Swallowing Mercury, translated by Eliza Marciniak. Greg will appear at the Brooklyn Book Festival, as well as at events in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Longlisted for The Man Booker International Prize, Swallowing Mercury looks back on youth in a close-knit, rural community in 1980s Poland through the eyes of Wiola. Her memories are precise, intense, distinctive, sensual: a playfulness and whimsy rise up in the gossip of the village women, rumored visits from the Pope, and the locked room in the dressmaker's house, while political unrest and predatory men cast shadows across this bright portrait. In prose that sparkles with a poet's touch, Wioletta Greg's debut animates the strange wonders of growing up.
Wioletta Greg (Grzegorzewska) was born in a small village in 1974 in the Jurassic Highland of Poland. In 2006, she left Poland and moved to the UK. Between 1998 - 2012 she published six poetry volumes, as well as a novel, Swallowing Mercury, which spans her childhood and her experience of growing up in Communist Poland. Her short stories and poems have been published in Asymptote, The Guardian, Litro Magazine, Poetry Wales, Wasafiri, and The White Review. Her works have been translated into English, Catalan, French, Spanish and Welsh. Her latest novel, Stancje, has just been published in Poland.
Wioletta Greg's US tour is co-presented by Transit Books, the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Center for the Art of Translation.
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