Peter Filkins - "H.G. Adler"

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Peter Filkins

"Authoritative, deeply empathetic...a well-deserved celebration of a courageous and determined public intellectual."— Kirkus Reviews

Peter Filkins discusses H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds.  A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: In this authorized biography, H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds, Peter Filkins examines the life and work of one of the first writers on the Holocaust. Adler’s literary genius as a novelist is now widely recognized, following Peter Filkins’s translation of his Shoah trilogy – Panorama, The Journey, and The Wall, as well as 2016 publication of his seminal 1955 monograph Theresienstadt 1941-1945: The Face of a Coerced Community. Adler (1910-1988) came of age in the cosmopolitan Prague of the 1920s, witnessed the Nazi menace of the 1930s, and suffered through the full gamut of atrocities found in the camps. His is the story of a generation that fell victim to one of history’s darkest chapters, but also of a mind that saw how history was shaped by social forces still threatening our everyday lives through the power of technology over the individual, the controlling role of government, religion, and the media, and the struggle to maintain simple human decency in menacing times.

About the author: Peter Filkins is an award-winning poet and translator. His authorized biography H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds is published by Oxford University Press, and he has translated three novels by H.G. Adler, Panorama, The Journey, and The Wall, as well as the collected poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, Darkness Spoken. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, the DAAD, and the American Academy in Berlin, he is the Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and also teaches translation at Bard College.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Coop Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637