Past Event

Álvaro Enrigue-Hypothermia

Shocking, erudite, and affecting, these twenty-odd short stories, “micro-novels,” and vignettes span a vast territory, from Mexico City to Washington, D.C. to the late nineteenth-century Adriatic to the blood-soaked foothills of California’s Gold Rush country, introducing an array of bewildering characters: a professor of Latin American literature who survives a tornado and, possibly, an orgy; an electrician confronting the hardest wiring job of his career; a hapless garbage man who dreams of life as a pirate; and a prodigiously talented Polish baritone waging musical war against his church. Hypothermia explores the perilous limits of love, language, and personality, the brutal gravity of cultural misunderstandings, and the coldly smirking will to self-destruction hiding within our irredeemably carnal lives.

Álvaro Enrigue is the award winning author of four novels and two books of short stories. Dalkey Archives Press published in the U.S. this spring the English edition of his book Hypothermia. He has been a Fellow at the Cullman Center in the New York Public Library and in the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Mexico. He currently lives in New York City and teaches Creative Writing at Princeton University.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

In Voices without Borders: Encounters with Contemporary Mexican Writers. series of talks Participants Alvaro Enrigue

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