Upcoming Event

Viken Berberian

presents

The Structure is Rotten, Comrade

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jul
12
Friday
July 12, 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 acclaimed writer VIKEN BERBERIAN—author of The Cyclist and Das Kapital—for a discussion of his latest work, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade, a graphic novel featuring illustrations by YANN KEBBI.

About The Structure is Rotten, Comrade

Enter Yerevan, the capital of Armenia—a city in ruins. Wrecking balls swing wildly and cement trucks race through congested streets. Aspiring architect Frunz and his father, the renowned builder known as Mr. Cement, plan to level Yerevan’s historic landmarks and flood the city with Trumpian high-rises. But this plan outrages the citizens of Yerevan, who rise up in Revolution. Amid the ensuing chaos, only one thing is certain: Frunz must brave the streets swarming with rebels in search of the Golden Mean.

Written by Viken Berberian with his signature originality and verve and drawn with audacious compositions, delirious colors, and a kinetic expressionistic technique by the acclaimed painter and illustrator Yann Kebbi, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade is a formally innovative and politically resonant work, by turns prescient, punchy, cautionary, and fearless.

Praise for The Structure is Rotten, Comrade

“Kebbi's outlandish, raw colored-pencil art [is a perfect match for] Berberian’s sardonic voice and apocalyptic sense of humor. This bizarre art-comic will tickle intellectual funny bones.”
Publishers Weekly

Viken Berberian
Viken Berberian

Viken Berberian

Viken Berberian is the author of the novels The Cyclist and Das Kapital. His short stories and essays have been featured in print and online in the New York Review of Books, The Believer, Bomb, the Financial Times, and the New York Times. Born in Beirut and raised in Los Angeles, he wrote The Cyclist in New York, Das Kapital in Marseille, and The Structure is Rotten, Comrade in Paris, Montréal and Yerevan. His writing has received recognition from France’s Centre National du Livre, the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseils des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and Soros Foundations.

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