Virtual Event: Brad Fox

presenting

To Remain Nameless:
A Novel

in conversation with CLAIRE MESSUD

Date

Jul
10
Friday
July 10, 2020
7:00 PM ET

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes author, journalist, and translator BRAD FOX for a discussion of his debut novel, To Remain Nameless. He will be joined in conversation by acclaimed local writer CLAIRE MESSUD, author of the celebrated novels The Emperor's Children and The Burning Girl.

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About To Remain Nameless

Tess keeps vigil at the bedside of her friend Laura through a long night of labor as Laura’s first child arrives. The two have known each other for what seems like forever. Their humanitarian aid work has taken them from the Balkans, to Egypt, to Istanbul amid the ongoing refugee crisis—an era that includes the US’s war in Iraq, the Arab Spring, and many forms of global consequence and aftermath. Brad Fox’s first novel is a luminous inquiry into the incarnations and limits of hope. This writer helps us endure our questions about what forms care may take, what we may offer to anyone, near and far.

Praise for To Remain Nameless

"Brad Fox’s virtuoso novelistic voice, alternately terse and florid, in the mode of José Saramago, Roberto Bolaño, or Alberto Moravia, is sonorous, lapidary, and melancholy—a seamless dreamy fabulist omniscience, bearing world-weary witness to perilous events, both inner and outer . . . The room compresses; the world expands. Djuna Barnes and Virginia Woolf pioneered this trick of simultaneous engorgement and diminution, of funhouse-mirror space-time reversal; and now Brad Fox, wonder-worker, takes up the dizzying mantle." —Wayne Koestenbaum

"To Remain Nameless is a gorgeous meditation on a shifting self in a shifting world, a querying-onward in which there’s both melancholy and delight." —Shelley Jackson

"From Kansas City to Cairo to New York to the Balkans, Brad Fox goes to the heart of the contemporary experience. Stories of humanitarian crimes, errant friendships and euphoric protests come together in a tough, clean, elegant prose that moves gracefully from one continent to the next. This book is sprinkled throughout with a gravelly humour and a nod to Beckett’s sense of Can’t go on, must go on." —Colum McCann

Brad Fox
Brad Fox

Brad Fox

Brad Fox’s stories, articles, and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Guernica, and The Whitney Biennial. From 1996 to 2011 he worked as a journalist, researcher, and relief contractor in the Balkans, Mexico, the Middle East, and Turkey. He teaches at City College in Harlem.

Claire Messud
Claire Messud

Claire Messud

Claire Messud’s novels include The Emperor’s Children, a New York Times Book of the Year in 2006; The Woman Upstairs (2013); and The Burning Girl (2017), a finalist for the LA Times Book Award in Fiction. Her most recent novel is A Dream Life (2021). She is also the author of a book of novellas, The Hunters (2001). Her memoir-in-essays, Kant’s Little Prussian Head & Other Reasons Why I Write (2020) came out in paperback in February. She was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2020. Messud teaches creative writing at Harvard University and writes a monthly books column for Harper’s Magazine. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her family.

 

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