A discussion of the newly published The Lamentations of Zeno evoking the fragile and majestic wonders to be found at a far corner of the globe, written by a novelist and renowned travel writer.

Graphic with text the Lamentations of Zeno

Deutsches Haus at New York University will present a conversation on Friday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. between writer Ilija Trojanow and photographer Teju Cole focusing on Trojanow's recently published novel The Lamentations of Zeno.

Deutsches Haus is located at 42 Washington Mews, New York, N .Y. (enter the Mews from University Place). Events are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send 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.

The Lamentations of Zeno (Verso Books, 2016) is an extraordinary evocation of the fragile and majestic wonders to be found at a far corner of the globe, written by a novelist who is a renowned travel writer. Poignant and playful, the novel recalls the experimentation of high-modernist fiction without compromising a limpid sense of place or the pace of its narrative. It is a portrait of a man in extremis, a haunting and at times irreverent tale that approaches the greatest challenge of our age—perhaps of our entire history as a species—from an impassioned human angle.

Ilija Trojanow was born in Bulgaria in 1965. In 1971, his parents fled with him to Germany, where they received political asylum. Half a year later, the family moved to Kenya where his father worked as an engineer. He grew up in Nairobi, studied law and ethnology in Munich, founded the Marino Publishing House in 1989, which specialized in African literature. In the early nineties, Trojanow traveled extensively through Africa. In 1998, Trojanow moved to Bombay for five years. In 2001, he undertook a three-month long journey on foot through Tanzania, in the footsteps of the explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton. Since then, he has lived in Cape Town and Vienna, taught in St. Louis, Berlin, and Tübingen, and published a number of novels and non-fiction books. He currently is the DAAD Chair in Contemporary Poetics at NYU's Department of German.

Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine, and the author of Every Day is for the Thief and Open City.

Visions of the World is a DAAD-supported event.

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