Where: 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
When: February 26, 7 PM
In The Man Who Loved Dogs, Leonardo Padura explores one of the most compelling and complex political plots of the last century—the assassination of Leon Trotsky by Ramón Mercader in Mexico City. Kirkus calls the novel a “complex, ever-deepening tale of politics and intrigue . . . worthy of Alan Furst or Roberto Bolaño.”
Join Leonardo Padura, translator Anna Kushner, and Words without Borders reviews editor Jonathan Blitzer for a reading from The Man Who Loved Dogs and a discussion of the author’s work.
Praise for The Man Who Loved Dogs
“ . . . leav[es] the reader with the exhilarating feeling of having just experienced three entire lives.” Publishers Weekly
“Leonardo Padura [is] without a doubt the best Cuban writer of our time…” Thierry Clermont, Le Figaro
“It is a measure of Padura’s humanity and skill as a novelist that the reader can at least empathise with all three characters despite their cruel actions and manifest flaws.—John Thornbill, the Financial Times
About the panelists:
Leonardo Padura was born in Havana, Cuba in 1955. A novelist, journalist, and critic, he is the author of several novels, two volumes of short stories, and several nonfiction collections. His novels featuring the detective Mario Conde have been translated into many languages and have won literary prizes around the world. The Man Who Loved Dogs was a finalist for the Book of the Year Award in Spain. Padura lives in Havana.
Anna Kushner translates from Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She is the translator of the books The Halfway House by Guillermo Rosales (New Directions), The Autobiography of Fidel Castro by Norberto Fuentes (W.W. Norton), Jerusalem by Gonçalo Tavares (Dalkey Archive), Leapfrog by Guillermo Rosales (New Directions), and The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Her writing has appeared in Dzanc Books Best of the Web 2008, the Bucks County Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Ep;phany, and Wild River Review.
Jonathan Blitzer is the book reviews editor at Words without Borders. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Nation, among other places. He is on the editorial staff of the New Yorker.