Acclaimed Romanian author Norman Manea will have a reading at the National Arts Club on Tuesday, June 19, presented by the Literary Committee. A Club member will briefly introduce the writer who will read from his work, followed by a Q&A session.
The Lair is a powerful work of psychological suspense in which the aftershocks of the fall of communism and the fall of the Twin Towers collide in unexpected ways, leading to a death threat, a disappearance, and ultimately a landscape changed out of all recognition.
Norman Manea, one of Romania's most noted writers, is now a distinguished professor and Writer in Residence at Bard College. He has been a Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation Awards recipient. He has won the International Nonino Literary Prize. Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said, "A superb writer who gives an extraordinary testimony of a rich and dramatic life under one of the most grotesque and ferocious dictatorships..., Manea writes about all of it without bitterness and with an extraordinary liberty of spirit, fantasy, and even humor." Manea's latest work, The Fifth Impossibility, is a collection of what Publishers Weekly calls "timely and insightful essays on writing, politics, and exile", all in Manea's "engaging, well-crafted, and at times striking" style.
The National Arts Club was founded in 1898 by Charles de Kay, the literary and art critic for The New York Times for 18 years. He and a group of distinguished artists and patrons conceived of a gathering place for artists, patrons and audiences in all the arts. American art at the turn of the century had begun to look inward for inspiration, rather than to Europe, and the American art world was alive with energy. As The National Arts Club moved into its first home in a townhouse on 34th Street, American art had found a new home.
Read a review of Norman Manea's "The Lair" in The New York Times.