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Evenings with an Author: Ottessa Moshfegh
4 June 2019 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
On Tuesday 4 June, the American Library in Paris will welcome author Ottessa Moshfegh, speaking on her latest novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Of the widely celebrated novel, The New Yorker writes, “Ottessa Moshfegh is easily the most interesting contemporary American writer on the subject of being alive when being alive feels terrible. She has a freaky and pure way of accessing existential alienation, as if her mind were tapped directly into the sap of some gnarled, secret tree. . . . Watching Moshfegh turn her withering attention to the gleaming absurdities of pre-9/11 New York City, an environment where everyone except the narrator seems beset with delusional optimism, horrifically carefree, feels like eating bright, slick candy—candy that might also poison you.”
Ottessa Moshfegh is the author of two novels, Eileen and My Year of Rest and Relaxation, as well as the short story collection Homesick for Another World and the novella McGlue. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction; My Year of Rest and Relaxation, her second novel, was a New York Times bestseller.
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