Literary Reportage: Forensics of Crisis podcast on WWB Blog

David Varno of the Words Without Borders blog has just posted a write-up and a podcast of the event we held on May 27th at Idlewild Books in New York. “Literary Reportage: The Forensics of Crisis” featured Polish journalist Wojciech Tochman (author of Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia), Guatemalan-American novelist Francisco Goldman (author of The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?, and outgoing Director of Yale UP/incoming Director of the Yivo Institute Jonathan Brent (author of Inside the Stalin Archives: Discovering the New Russia). It was moderated by critic and journalist Marcela Valdes, who is a contributing editor at Publishers Weekly and will be a Niemann Foundation Fellow at Harvard next year. I think the discussion was terrific and excellently moderated by Valdes. Although much of it did deal with differences and similarities between fiction and reportage, as Varno points out, by the end of the conversation, Valdes succeeded in uncovering some deeper currents linking the three books, which had to do with the issue of impunity and the writer’s ethical relationship to the victims and perpetrators of injustice. Thanks to David and Bud Parr and Words Without Borders for making the podcast available.

From left: Marcela Valdes, Francisco Goldman, Jonathan Brent, Wojciech Tochman (Photo: John Beckman)

From left: Marcela Valdes, Francisco Goldman, Jonathan Brent, Wojciech Tochman (Photo: John Beckman)

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