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Pablo Katchadjian in Discussion with Monika Raič


Join us on the 20th of May at 18:00 for a discussion with Argentine Pablo Katchadjian about his novella Thanks, A Q&A will follow the conversation with Monika Raič.

About Thanks:

With a twisted sense of humour and a heavy dose of fantasy, Katchadjian takes those things that are so common as to be ordinary—bad bosses, crazy loved ones, descent into drug use—and sets them in a realm reminiscent of Kafka or Kojève. Our narrator presents us with a constantly moving array of bizarre, philosophically tinged excitement: a slave rebellion in a strange castle on an unnamed island; an attack of flying worms made of ash which represent either Adam's sin or the Oedipal complex; a feral young woman who lives off the grid on whatever she can scrounge; and a hallucinatory root that throws the narrator into a black void from which he fears he may never escape.

Pablo Katchadjian was born in Buenos Aires en 1977. He teaches at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and is the author of a wide array of literary texts, including poems, short stories and novellas. Among his more than 15 publications are his last novels Una oportunidad (2022), Amado Señor (2020), En cualquier lado (2017), La libertad total (2013), Gracias (2011) and Qué hacer (2010). His work has not only been translated into English by Dalkey Archive Press but also into French, Portuguese, Armenian, Hebrew and Dutch. The German translation of Gracias is in progress.

Monika Raič is a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the department for Romance languages and literatures at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. She studied Political Science and Comparative Literature at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. After completing her dissertation in Comparative Literature on the works of Gustave Flaubert and Roberto Arlt, she is now working on her second book “Politics of Loneliness – Problems of Recognition“ and translates from Spanish to German.

The event is free and open for all. 



Graphics by Maria Amelia Facchin.