On Tuesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m., Zdenka Becker, author and writer-in-residence at Deutsches Haus at NYU, will read from her recent novel Der grösste Fall meines Vaters, and discuss the work with the acclaimed translator Tess Lewis.

NYU's Deutsches Haus

The reading and discussion will take place in German at Deutsches Haus, located 42 Washington Mews, New York, N.Y. (enter the Mews from University Place).

Zdenka Becker was born in Eger (Czech Republic) in 1951, and grew up in Bratislava (Slovakia) and has lived in Austria since 1975. She studied at the University of Economics in Bratislava and the Vienna Institute of Translation and Interpretation. She has worked as an author and translator and as the director of a diverse set of workshops at schools and universities in Austria and abroad. Becker’s works include prose (Verknüpfung and Goodbye Galina), poetry (Das einzige Licht die Mondfinsternis) and fiction (Die Töchter der Róza Bukovská (2006), Taubenflug (2009), Der größte Fall meines Vaters (2013)) and plays (Boogie & Blues (2007), Behind the Darkness (2009), and Odysseus kam nicht zurück (2010)), as well as screenplays and translations. She is the recipient of numerous prizes, awards, scholarships and residencies.

Tess Lewis’s translations from French and German include works by Peter Handke, Alois Hotschnig, Julya Rabinowich, Melinda Nadj Abonji, Pascal Bruckner and Jean-Luc Benoziglio. She has been awarded translation grants from PEN USA and PEN UK, an NEA Translation Fellowship, and a Max Geilinger Translation Grant for her translation of Philippe Jaccottet. She also serves as an Advisory Editor for The Hudson Review and writes essays on European Literature for numerous journals and newspapers including The New Criterion, The Hudson Review, World Literature Today, The American Scholar, and Bookforum.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free of charge but require an RSVP. If you would like to attend this event, please send us an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat. For more information, call 212. 998.8660.

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