Christian Kracht

presents

The Dead:
A Novel

in conversation with DANIEL BOWLES

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

Date

Jul
18
Wednesday
July 18, 2018
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Update

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Harvard Book Store and the Goethe-Institut welcome award-winning writer CHRISTIAN KRACHT for a discussion of his latest novel, The Dead. He will be joined in conversation by DANIEL BOWLES, award-winning translator of The Dead as well as Kracht's previous novel, Imperium.

About The Dead

In The Dead, the follow-up to his acclaimed novel Imperium (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year), Christian Kracht mines the feverish film culture of the 1930s to produce a Gothic tale of global conspiracy, personal loss, and historical entanglements large and small.

In Berlin, Germany, in the early 1930s, the acclaimed Swiss film director Emil Nägeli receives the assignment of a lifetime: travel to Japan and make a film to establish the dominance of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi empire once and for all. But his handlers are unaware that Nägeli has colluded with the Jewish film critics to pursue an alternative objective―to create a monumental, modernist, allegorical spectacle to warn the world of the horror to come.

Meanwhile, in Japan, the film minister Masahiko Amakasu intends to counter Hollywood’s growing influence and usher in a new golden age of Japanese cinema by exploiting his Swiss visitor. The arrival of Nägeli’s film-star fiancée and a strangely thuggish, pistol-packing Charlie Chaplin―as well as the first stirrings of the winds of war―soon complicates both Amakasu’s and Nägeli’s plans, forcing them to face their demons . . . and their doom.

Christian Kracht
Christian Kracht

Christian Kracht

Christian Kracht is a Swiss novelist whose books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. His previous novel, Imperium, was the recipient of the 2012 Wilhelm Raabe literature prize.

Daniel Bowles
Daniel Bowles

Daniel Bowles

Daniel Bowles is an assistant professor of German Studies at Boston College, where he researches and teaches twentieth-century and contemporary German literature, culture, and history. His publications include translations of novels by Thomas Meinecke and Christian Kracht and short texts by Alexander Kluge, Rainald Goetz, and Xaver Bayer. For his translation of Christian Kracht’s Imperium, he received the 2016 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize.

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