Mark Haber

presents

Reinhardt's Garden:
A Novel

in conversation with KIT SCHLUTER

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
7
Thursday
November 7, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

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

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes MARK HABER—author, bookseller, and operations manager of Brazos Bookstore—for a discussion of his new novel, Reinhardt's Garden. He will be joined in conversation by poet, translator, and bookmaker KIT SCHLUTER.

About Reinhardt's Garden

At the turn of the twentieth century, as he composes a treatise on melancholy, Jacov Reinhardt sets off from his small Croatian village in search of his hero and unwitting mentor, Emiliano Gomez Carrasquilla, who is rumored to have disappeared into the South American jungle—“not lost, mind you, but retired.” Jacov’s narcissistic preoccupation with melancholy consumes him, and as he desperately recounts the myth of his journey to his trusted but ailing scribe, hope for an encounter with the lost philosopher who holds the key to Jacov’s obsession seems increasingly unlikely.

From Croatia to Germany, Hungary to Russia, and finally to the Americas, Jacov and his companions grapple with the limits of art, colonialism, and escapism in this antic debut where dark satire and skewed history converge.

Praise for Reinhardt's Garden

“An exhilarating fever dream about the search for the secret of melancholy . . . Haber’s dizzying vision dextrously leads readers right into the melancholic heart of darkness.” —Publishers Weekly

Reinhardt’s Garden is one of those perfect books that looks small and exotic and melancholic from the outside but, once in, is immense and exultant in the best possible way. Think Amulet by Roberto Bolaño, think Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, think Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, think Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, think Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto, think The Loser by Thomas Bernhard. Think.” —Rodrigo Fresán

“Jacov Reinhardt and his faithful assistant roam South America in a quixotic search for the essence of melancholy—an enterprise that makes Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, their rough contemporary, come off as a levelheaded pragmatist. To follow Reinhardt, fueled by amounts of cocaine not even Sigmund Freud could have managed, is to walk into a fascinating literary maze that spans from Ulrich Schmidl’s chronicles to the decadent movements in turn-of-the-century Europe and Latin America. Melancholy has never felt more euphoric than in Mark Haber’s breathless paragraph-long novel.” —Hernan Diaz

Kit Schluter
Kit Schluter

Kit Schluter

Kit Schluter is a writer, translator, and bookmaker living in Mexico City. His poetry and fiction has appeared in numerous journals such as The Boston Review, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic, as well as a handful of chapbooks. He has published translations of many books from French and Spanish, including works by Anne Kawala, Jaime Saenz, and three collections by French symbolist Marcel Schwob. Kit has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Brown University, where he holds an MFA in poetry.

Mark Haber
Mark Haber

Mark Haber

Mark Haber’s 2008 collection of stories, Deathbed Conversions, was translated into Spanish in 2017. He has served as a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts translation grant as well as the Best Translated Book Award. He lives in Houston, Texas, where he is a bookseller and the operations manager of Brazos Bookstore.

Harvard Book Store
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