Leland de la Durantaye - "Hannah Versus the Tree" - Aimee Levitt

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Leland de la Durantaye

“An heiress to the ancient money of a storied family seeks revenge for personal and global wrongs in this powerful debut novel of […] stark beauty and even starker consequence.”Kirkus

“Hannah Versus The Tree is unlike anything I have ever read—thriller, myth, dream, and poem combined.” — James Wood

Leland de la Durantaye will read from and discuss his new book from McSweeney’s, Hanna Versus the Tree. He will be joined in conversation by Aimee Levitt. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: Hannah is a fiercely intelligent young woman, daughter of a powerful family’s black sheep son, and raised to question who has been, is, and will be damaged by business deals meant to protect and maintain the dynasty. A devastating wrong is done to her when she opposes a family scheme and her response is a battle cry of astounding violence and beauty. As haunting as Shelly Jackson or Thomas Bernhard, as enthralling as Nabokov or Joyce, Leland de la Durantaye’s debut novel is a radical departure from contemporary storytelling. At once the story of a terrific act of vengeance and of a lifelong love, Hannah Versus the Tree presents a new literary genre, the mythopoetic thriller. 

About the author: Leland de la Durantaye is a critic, translator, and professor. He taught at the École Normale Supérieure and at Harvard for many years and is now a professor of comparative literature at the Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles. His journalism and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Bookforum, Artforum, The Believer, Cabinet, and others. He is also a translator from French and Italian; his translation of the Jacques Jouet novel Upstaged (2011) was a finalist for the PEN Best Translated Book of the Year. Hannah Versus the Tree is his first novel.

About the Interlocutor: Aimee Levitt is the culture editor for the Chicago Reader.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637