Quake Virtual Book Talk with Icelandic Author Auður Jónsdóttir and Translator Meg Matich
Where: Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
58 Park Ave.
212-779-3587 Price: Free
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Join us for a book talk on March 1 with Icelandic author Auður Jónsdóttir and translator Meg Matich on the new novel Quake, out on February 8 from Dottir Press! This event will take place at Scandinavia House at 7 PM ET and will also be live-streamed to virtual audiences.
Nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize, Quake: A Novel is a haunting novel-in-translation about Saga, a woman who comes to after an epileptic seizure on a sidewalk along busy Miklabraut Street. Her three-year-old son is gone. The last thing she remembers is a double-decker bus that no one else can confirm seeing. Over the following days, Saga’s mind is beset by memories and doubts. What happened before her seizure? Who can she trust? And how can she make any sense of her emotions when her memory is so fragmented?
The English-language debut of award-winning and prolific Icelandic author Auður Jónsdóttir, as translated by Meg Matich, Quake is a shocking and revelatory exploration of the blurred lines between fact and fiction, reality and imagination, and where mother ends and child begins. It has now been adapted into a 2021 film directed by Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, which premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.
Jónsdóttir and Matich will discuss the writing and translation of the novel in Volvo Hall. Registration is required for attendance at Scandinavia House; sign up at the link.
“Part mystery, part family drama, part children-in-peril narrative, the novel offers a hectic, heart-thudding, sometimes claustrophobic portrait of panicked inner turmoil”—Kirkus Reviews
“Jónsdóttir’s powerful story of memory, identity, and the legacy of violence, her English-language debut, chronicles a woman’s recovery from an epileptic seizure… The limited perspective and acute sense of the narrator’s pain, both ingeniously rendered, make this unforgettable”—Publishers Weekly