Jacques Fux has recently won the São Paulo Prize for Literature with his novel Antiterapias. He will be reading from this award-winning book, in the original, accompanied by the reading of the English translation by Ernest Hartwell. Fux was born in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He received degrees in mathematics and computer science, and later earned two Doctorates, one in Comparative Literature from UFMG and another in French Language, Literature and Civilization from Université Lille. He had previously published Literatura e Matemática: Jorge Luis Borges, Georges Perec e o OULIPO (2001).
About the novel: “Conscious of Portnoy’s Complaint and Georges Perec constraints, the author uses short sentences to awaken the reader to images, sensations, and questions. Testimony, memory, masturbation, fiction, history, Cabala, Bible, and literature enclose and permeate the biography of a young Jewish man in his search for a place in the contemporary Brazilian ghettos which followed the diaspora. From an international perspective, Antiterapias shows what is both exotic and common about a small Brazilian Jewish community in the twenty-first century.”
In Portuguese, with the English translation read by Ernest Hartwell. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
When: Feb. 4 (Tuesday), 5pm.
Where: CAS 303A, 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston University.
Sponsored by: Department of Romance Studies, Department of History of Art & Architecture, The Latin American Studies Program, and PUBBoston (Pesquisadores e Universitários Brasileiros em Boston).