CEERES of Voices: Russell Scott Valentino - "Kin" - Angelina Ilieva and Nada Petković

Monday, November 1, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Russell Scott Valentino

Join us for a conversation with Russell Scott Valentino on his translation of Miljenko Jergović's Kin. He will be joined in conversation by Angelina Ilieva and Nada Petković. 

Presented in Partnership with The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at UChicago

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About the book: In this sprawling narrative spanning the entire twentieth century, Miljenko Jergović peers into the dusty corners of his family’s past, illuminating them with a razor-sharp eye. Ordinary, forgotten objects – a grandfather’s bee-keeping journals, a rusty benzene lighter, an army-issued raincoat – become the lenses through which Jergović investigates the joys and sorrows of a family living through a century of war. Kin is in part an ode to Yugoslavia – taking us through the devastation of the First and Second World War, the Cold War, then the Bosnian War of the 90s, through changing borders and perspectives, through social rituals at graveyards, through long walks within the labyrinths of Sarajevo and his own mottled memories, Jergović renders it all in candid detail.

About the translator: Russell Scott Valentino is professor of Slavic and comparative literature and chair of the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa. He has published a monograph on nineteenth-century Russian literature and seven book-length literary translations from Italian, Croatian, and Russian. His essays, translated fiction, and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, Two Lines, POROI, Circumference, Asia, Modern Fiction Studies, Slavic Review, and 91st Meridian. He is the recipient of a 2002 NEA Literature Fellowship and a 2004 Howard Foundation fellowship, both for literary translation, as well as two Fulbright research awards to Croatia. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Autumn Hill Books and in fall 2009 will become Editor of The Iowa Review. He teaches in the Translation Workshop at the University of Iowa.

About the interlocutors: Angelina Ilieva is Instructional Professor of Balkan and South Slavic Literature for the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the role of trauma and sublimity in the emotional power of national identity.

Nada Petković is Instructional Professor of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian for the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on the languages and literatures of the Former Yugoslavia, cultural anthropology of the region, and urban studies with a particular interest in recent state and city branding.

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