Words without Borders will host Cuban writer Leonardo Padura in New York City this month. Join Padura, translator Anna Kushner, and Words without Borders reviews editor Jonathan Blitzer for a reading from The Man Who Loved Dogs and a discussion of the author’s work. The event will take place on February 26 at 7:00pm, at 61 Local (61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, New York).
In The Man Who Loved Dogs, Leonardo Padura explores one of the most compelling and complex political plots of the last century—the assassination of Leon Trotsky by Ramón Mercader in Mexico City. Kirkus calls the novel a “complex, ever-deepening tale of politics and intrigue . . . worthy of Alan Furst or Roberto Bolaño.”
About the panelists:
Leonardo Padura was born in Havana, Cuba in 1955. A novelist, journalist, and critic, he is the author of several novels, two volumes of short stories, and several nonfiction collections. His novels featuring the detective Mario Conde have been translated into many languages and have won literary prizes around the world. The Man Who Loved Dogs was a finalist for the Book of the Year Award in Spain. Padura lives in Havana.
Anna Kushner translates from Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She is the translator of the books The Halfway House by Guillermo Rosales (New Directions), The Autobiography of Fidel Castro by Norberto Fuentes (W.W. Norton), Jerusalem by Gonçalo Tavares (Dalkey Archive), Leapfrog by Guillermo Rosales (New Directions), and The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Her writing has appeared in Dzanc Books Best of the Web 2008, the Bucks County Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Epiphany, and Wild River Review.
Jonathan Blitzer is the book reviews editor at Words without Borders. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Nation, among other places. He is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker.
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