Monday, November 21, 2011
Two Events This Week--One from Far Away (Sweden) and the Other From Next Door (Because He Used to Live in the Area)
Winner of the August Prize*, Sweden’s most important literary prize, and translated by Sarah Death, The Emperor of Lies tells the story of the second-largest Jewish ghetto, in the Polish city of Łódź . Established by the Nazis in 1940, they appointed as its leader, Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director, whose authoritarian rule over the ghetto defined its existence. Driven by a titanic ambition, he sought to transform the ghetto into a productive industrial complex and strove to make it—and himself—indispensable to the Nazi regime. These compromises would have extraordinary consequences not only for Rumkowski but for everyone living in the ghetto.
And just one more quote, from Sebastian Barry, author of The Secret Scripture and On Canaan's Side:
"Sem-Sandberg has achieved something monumental, but with a strange and necessary lightness of tough. The Emperor of Lies is sobering scarifying, and in its hunger for the truth, enthralling."
Set in NYC before and just after 9/11, Show Up, Look Good is a novel about a jilted woman whose move to Manhattan and relationship with an elderly, mute former New York Yankee help her accept her innocence in her mother's death and admit her complicity in a secret crime too disturbing to report.
“Show Up, Look Good is a rollicking, laugh-out-loud romp of a novel, a picaresque spin through fin-de-siecle New York as seen through the eyes of its intrepid, Midwestern-born heroine. Love, loneliness, roommates from hell, hipsters, the mob, and murder all play starring roles in this delightful book, and Wisniewski does justice to them all.” —Ben Fountain, author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara.
On Saturday, Mr. Wisniewski is presenting at All Writers' Workplace and Workshop in Waukesha.
And here's some more on the Gival Press website.
*If you want to read more about the Swedish Publishers Association, here's a link, in Swedish, no less.