Internal Exile

When: Sunday, April 29
Where: Instituto Cervantes New York: 211–215 East 49th St.
What time: 2–3:30 p.m.

With Imma Monsó, Zafer Şenocak, Adriaan van Dis ; moderated by Esmeralda Santiago

Free and open to the public. No reservations.

Co-sponsored by Instituto Cervantes and the Consulate General of Spain

These writers have all been set apart within their own societies by heritage, language, or culture (or by a combination of these factors). While some have chosen, or been forced, to leave the country of their birth, others have found that remaining is no defense against a sense of alienation or exclusion. Join them as they discuss how feelings of exile have shaped their lives and their writing. Zafer Şenocak was born in Turkey but now lives in Germany, where he writes in both German and Turkish about the Turkish diaspora. Imma Monsó writes in Catalan in a country of Spanish speakers and in her latest short-story collection, Better Left Unsaid, addresses the silences that isolate each of us. Adriaan van Dis’ novel My Father’s War grapples with the legacy of Dutch colonialism and those it has left stranded between two worlds.

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