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Open Book/ Open Mind: Nathan Englander in conversation with David Galef

September 16, 2018, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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From the Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges comes Dinner at the Center of the Earth, a new political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel’s most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner’s existence.

From these vastly different lives Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined–a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong–who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner? Nathan Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Englander’s play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater in 2012. He also translated the New American Haggadah and co-translated Etgar Keret’s Suddenly a Knock on the Door. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn.

Nathan will be in conversation with Dr. David Galef, professor of English at Montclair State University and the director of the Creative Writing Program.The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required: http://www.montclairlibrary.org/news-events/open-book-open-mind-nathan-englander-in-conversation-with-tba/