Idra Novey with Dave Wheeler
We are delighted this evening to welcome back noted novelist and translator Idra Novey. Last here for her excellent debut novel, Ways To Disappear, she is here for her stellar, timely new novel, Those Who Knew (Viking).
“There’s an urgent timeliness to this story of the crimes committed by a powerful man, but Idra Novey’s riveting, formally brilliant novel transcends any particular moment. Those Who Knew is a devastating inquiry into the way lofty ideals can serve as cover for brutal impulses, the way struggles for control of the body politic wreak havoc on actual bodies. Most of all, it’s an indictment, at once fierce and compassionate, of the collective silence that implicates us all in irrevocable wrongs.” —Garth Greenwell.
“Genius. That’s what I kept thinking as I read this novel that somehow combines an invented island, a political bookstore, fragments of a stage production, and a story that’s at once a damning critique of craven self-interest and a tale about our inescapable connectedness. Idra Novey has written an irreverent, magical, perfect puzzle of a book.”—Cristina Henriquez.
While it is a novel she is here for, Idra Novey should also be cited and praised for her work as a translator from the Spanish and Portuguese, most recently Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. Idra Novey appears in conversation with Dave Wheeler, Associated Editor at Shelf Awareness.