European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with German author Jenny Erpenbeck

6:00 pm on Thursday, April 3, 2014
7:30 pm on Thursday, April 3, 2014
Barristers' Hall, Boston University Law School, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, 1st floor

Join us for a reading and conversation with Jenny Erpenbeck. One of German’s rising literary stars, Erpenbeck was born in East Berlin in 1967. Her grandfather, grandmother and father were all published writers in a variety of genres, while her mother was a translator. She has worked on opera and musical productions in Berlin and Graz since 1991, and is now a freelance writer and producer living near Graz.

Erpenbeck’s fiction includes the much lauded novel The Old Child and the short story collection The Book of Words. Most recently she has published the wonderfully evocative novel, Visitation. Erpenbeck’s often surreal and always enigmatic fiction has now been translated into fourteen languages.

The event will be moderated by Erpenbeck’s English language translator, Susan Bernofsky, an expert on German literature and culture as well as on the theory and practice of literary translation. Bernofsky teaches literary translation in the MFA Writing Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts and blogs about literary translation at

This event takes place as part of our “European Voices” series – an ongoing series of conversations with artists and writers, activists and intellectuals exploring questions at the intersection of politics and culture. Co-sponsored by the literary journal AGNI and the Goethe Institut Boston. Funded in part by the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC.

Free and open to the public. Reception and book-signing to follow.