7 September, 7pm. Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Tickets £5/£3, available here.
Wanderlust: Great Literature from around the World. Championing Haroldo Conti: Southeaster and the translator as self-publisher
Jon Lindsay Miles is the translator and re-discoverer of Haroldo Conti’s classic Argentinian novel Southeaster. To celebrate this first publication of Conti’s work in the UK, Jon will join us at Free Word to read from Southeaster and talk about his role as translator and discoverer of one of South America’s fascinating and oft-overlooked literary figures.
Haroldo Conti is one of Argentina’s best-loved 20th century writers. Hailed by Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Eduardo Galeano, contemporary writers love him just as much, with John Burnside and Tim Winton singing his praises. Conti’s life story has come to be dominated by his political views and his disappearance in the 1970s, but his writing stands as a testament to his talent and vision.
The story of how Jon discovered a dusty old Spanish edition of Southeaster in his local library in southern Spain, and decided to translate and self-publish the first edition of the book in English is unique and fascinating. (He published it himself in Spain under the imprint Immigrant Press, which is how our publisher Stefan Tobler came to read the book.) Southeaster itself is a mesmerising tale of a man’s battle with himself and with nature, in which the wind and the river become characters in the story.
The event will be chaired by Sophie Lewis, translator and senior editor at And Other Stories. And Other Stories books, including Southeaster, will be available to buy after the event.
In partnership with the Free Word Centre.