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Angela Rodel and Susan Harris at Unabridged Bookstore
June 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening of conversation between Angela Rodel, translator of Ivailo Petrov’s Wolf Hunt, and Susan Harris, editorial director of Words Without Borders for what is sure to be a night lively and thoughtful discussion!
Published in 1986, three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wolf Hunt was the first novel to portray the human cost of Communist policies on Bulgarian villagers, forced by the government to abandon their land and traditional way of life. Darkly comic and tragic, the novel centers on an ill-fated winter hunting expedition of six neighbors whose long and interwoven shared history comes to light in a voyage of shifting perspectives. Petrov’s narrative technique is reminiscent of Faulkner and Kurosawa’s Roshomon, giving the reader access to the inner lives of the six main characters as they are inextricably pulled into further conflict with each other. Enveloping the individual conflicts between the characters is the conflict between two forces: traditional agrarian values and the atheistic and supposedly egalitarian values of Soviet communism. The eponymous wolf hunt is supposed to heal long-standing grudges between the characters, but in the end, it only serves as an opportunity to exact revenge. One of the foremost works of Bulgarian literature of the past century, Wolf Hunt places the calamitous history of twentieth-century Bulgaria into a human context of helplessness and desperation.
Angela Rodel is a literary translator. In 1996 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study Bulgarian at Sofia University. She returned to Bulgaria on a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in 2004 and now lives in Sofia. In 2010, she received a translation grant from the American PEN for Holy Light, a collection of stories by Georgi Tenev.
Susan Harris is the editorial director of Words Without Borders. The former director and editor in chief of Northwestern University Press, she has worked in translation and publishing for over twenty years. Ms. Harris holds a B.A. in fiction writing and English literature from Northwestern University, and an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago.