READING AND DISCUSSION AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WITH MAJA HADERLAP
The European Division, in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Embassy of Slovenia, presents Maja Haderlap, a prize-winning Austrian-Slovene novelist, poet, playwright, and translator. Maja Haderlap will discuss her novel Angel of Oblivion, recently translated into English by Tess Lewis and published by Archipelago Books. The novel won the highly prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann prize in 2011 and, in 2015, France’s Prix du Premier Roman.
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at noon
Where: European Division conference room, LJ-250, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20540 (2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (https://www.loc.gov/visit/maps-and-floor-plans/jefferson-building-second-floor/ )
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public. There is no registration required.
Further information: https://www.loc.gov/rr/european/calendar/calendar.html
Angel of Oblivion (Angel pozabe in Slovenian, Engel des Vergessens in German) is inspired by the experiences of Maja Haderlap’s family and the Slovenian-speaking minority in southern Austria, many of whom fought as partisans against the Nazis during the Second World War. The story centers around a young girl learning to navigate the terrain between two hostile communities and two extremely burdened languages: Slovenian, a language of heroic resistance and continued humiliation; and German, an escape from her stifling rural upbringing but also the language of the camps which her grandmother barely survived and many other family members did not. Engaging with themes of tolerance and integration, the weight of history, the effects of conflicts on survivors and their children, and language’s role in shaping identity, Haderlap’s novel strikes at problems of paramount importance to our world today.