Heaven and Earth

 

April 30, 2010 | Austrian Cultural Forum | New York City

With Karl O. Knausgaard, Joris Luyendijk, Monique Proulx, and Natalia Sannikova; moderated by Noreen Tomassi

Co-sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum

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Writers have any number of tools up their sleeve—structure, genre, and language are among some of the many devices they can call upon. Whether to swoop through the celestial heavens on the rhythms of lyrical language or move through terra firma with accurate, hard-hitting depictions, is a decision writers make before they even put pen to paper. Norwegian novelist Karl Knausgaard whose latest book is all about myths and angels, and Quebec writer Monique Proulx, who uses nature as a character in her most recent novel, are joined by Natalia Sannikova from Russia and Dutch journalist Joris Luyendijk, who adds some heavy doses of realism from the world of reportage. They’ll be guided to heaven and back to earth by the executive director of the Center for Fiction, Noreen Tomassi.

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