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Wednesday, May 26 2010
Here is a man who started writing in the illegal language of Euskera (You're thinking "What? How can a language be illegal?") under the fascist dictator Francisco Franco -- the answer to your question is "Fascists." This brave person -- "the Basque novelist Bernardo Atxaga has spent his career moving between fairy tales and terrorism," says the New York Times. Today at the Center for the Art of Translation's Lit & Lunch, Atxaga reads from his novel The Accordionist's Son, but know this: In the past, he's observed that "You cannot just go to a literary event and read a poem when someone you know has been killed the day before. You do go and you read the poem, but first you have to say what you think."
Tue., June 8, 12:30 p.m., 2010

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