Esther Kinsky and Claire-Louise Bennett join us via Zoom to discuss Grove: A Field Novel (Transit Books).
This event is presented in partnership with Brookline Booksmith's Transnational Literature Series and the Goethe Institute.
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An unnamed narrator, recently bereaved, travels to a small village southeast of Rome. It is winter, and from her temporary residence on a hill between village and cemetery, she embarks on walks and outings, exploring the banal and the sublime with equal dedication and intensity. Seeing, describing, naming the world around her is her way of redefining her place within it. In Kinsky's Grove, winner of the 2018 Leipzig Book Prize, grief must bear the weight of the world and full of grief the narrator becomes one with the brittle manifestations of the Italian winter.
“Grove is a story of an existence stilled by loss, but the promise of life, and with it renewal and hope, pulses gently but steadily at its heart.”—Lucy Scholes, Financial Times
About the authors
Esther Kinsky grew up by the River Rhine and lived in London for twelve years. She is the author of three volumes of poetry and four novels, including River, and has translated many notable English (John Clare, Henry David Thoreau, Iain Sinclair) and Polish (Joanna Bator, Miron Białoszewski, Magdalena Tulli) authors into German. Grove won the Leipzig Book Prize and the Düsseldorf Book Prize.
Claire-Louise Bennett was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize and went on to complete her debut book, Pond, which was published by The Stinging Fly (Ireland) and Fitzcarraldo Editions (UK) in 2015, and by Riverhead (US) in 2016. Pond was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2016.