Cancelled - Monika Zgustová
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Here from Barcelona, where she has lived for over thirty years, is noted Czech writer and translator (Czech and Russian into Spanish and Catalan) Monika Zgustová. She is the author of novels that have had a Soviet/Russian focus and been well-received internationally, but it is the translation into English (by Julie Jones) of a compelling non-fiction work that she visits Seattle tonight. Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women’s Voices from the Gulag (Other Press) is a book of recovered testimony, stories of persistence, endurance, indomitable spirit.
“What extraordinary women and what extraordinary stories are assembled in this unforgettable book. Monika Zgustová brings us the intimate, agonizing experiences of Russia’s survivors of the Gulag: history is alive in these pages.” —Claire Messud.
“A woman keeps a secret diary to describe the magnificent Siberian landscape around her. A man chooses to take his violin instead of his coat into exile with him. Prisoners tell one another fairy tales as they work in the mines. In her book, Monika Zgustová offers a perfect gift, the gift of sensitive listening, to her nine narrators, and as we hear their voices, by turns matter-of-fact, poignant, and powerful, we see the darkest years of Soviet history illuminated, again and again, by small yet radiant flashes of humanity, of art, of beauty.” —Olga Grushin.
Co-presented by The Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.