The Cooper Union
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Uncontainable violence and brutality permeates life in too many parts of our world today. But in the hands of a great writer, our violent world can become transmuted into a thing of beauty, a work of art. In his extraordinary debut There There, Tommy Orange tells the story of twelve Native Americans in Oakland living lives that are unavoidably marked by a legacy of horrific violence. Guatemalan author Rodrigo Rey Rosa is renowned for fiction that shows how violence permeates every aspect of society, corrupting both perpetrators and victims. Mohammed Hanif’s devastating Red Birds uses the experience of an American fighter pilot in a Pakistani refugee camp to illustrate the far-reaching consequences of war. Join these authors as they talk to Matt Gallagher about their approach to bleak and harrowing circumstances; how lyricism, humor, and satire can temper depictions of violence; and the role of traumatic experience in literary masterworks.
Hosted by The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs
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