Theodor Kallifatides on ”Another Life – On Memory, Language, Love, and the Passage of Time”
Thursday 6th December at 18.30 at The English Bookshop Stockholm
We are excited to welcome Theodor Kallifatides to celebrate his latest book Another Life – a wonderfully written meditation on finding yourself and your place in the world no matter who you are. Author talk and signing.
Tickets 60:- (incl. Greek snacks & refreshments). Advance tickets are also available at the bookshop.
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About the book
An insightful, intimate essay on memory, language, love, and the passage of time, from a Greek immigrant who has become one of Sweden’s most highly respected writers.
“Nobody should write after the age of seventy-five,” a friend had said. At seventy-seven, struggling with the weight of writer’s block, Theodor Kallifatides makes the difficult decision to sell the Stockholm studio where he diligently worked for decades and retire. Unable to write, yet unable to not write, he travels to his native Greece in the hope of rediscovering his lost fluidity of language.
In this slim memoir, Kallifatides explores the interplay of meaningful living and meaningful work, and the old question of how to reconcile oneself to aging. But he also comments on worrying trends in contemporary Europe: religious intolerance and prejudice against immigrants, housing crises and gentrification, and the battered state of his beloved Greece.
Kallifatides offers an eloquent, thought-provoking meditation on the writing life, and an author’s place in a changing world. – – –
“Kallifatides has written an unusual and refreshing memoir…A fascinating look into a prolific author’s mind, especially welcome since there have not been enough English translations of his books.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The work of Greek-born Swedish writer Theodor Kallifatides is not widely known in the United States. But based on the merits of his charming, late-life memoir…that shameful wrong needs to be righted. Slender in size, yet anything but slight in scope, this inviting meditation on age, writing and sense of place, beautifully translated into English by Marlaine Delargy, is witty, profound and thoroughly captivating…[an] exquisite book.” —BookPage
“In his elegiac, tender meditation on migrations, both geographic and psychic—from one country to another, from one language to another, from youth to old age, from the time of the present to memories of the past—Kallifatides offers his reader a personal politics of the human.” —Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World
“Down to the smallest comma, it’s a pleasure to read Another Life.” —Svenska Dagbladet
“Wonderful…The strongest pages of Theodor Kallifatides’s writing—the delicate, finely philosophical—characterize his new work Another Life, a thin book with deep insights.” —Arbetarbladet
“Kallifatides’s relationship to the words and the story resembles a fifty-year love affair.” —Sveriges Radio