An Evening with Jonathan Levi in conversation with D D Guttenplan
Wednesday 21st September 2016
19:00 at Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
On an idyllic spring afternoon in 1978 in the loft of a church outside Cambridge, England, an organ tuner named Malory loses his virginity to a dyslexic math genius named Louiza. When Louiza disappears, Malory follows her trail to Rome. There, the quest to find his love gets sidetracked when he discovers he is the heir to the Kingdom of Septimania, given by Charlemagne to the Jews of 8th-century France. Five decades of extraordinary adventure and happenings follow, but most of all, Septimania is the quest of a Candide for love and knowledge, and the ultimate discovery that they may be unified after all.
“Laced with philosophy and wit… A thoroughly postmodern fable, wise yet melancholy, meant to be read slowly and savoured” – Kirkus
Jonathan Levi is co-founder of Granta magazine, short-story writer, playwright and librettist – join him for an evening of readings and discussion to celebrate the publication of Septimania.
D.D. Guttenplan is Editor at Large for The Nation, and has spent the past year reporting on the American presidential election. His most recent book is The Nation: A Biography, published to mark the magazine’s 150th anniversary. His previous book, American Radical:The Life and Times of I.F. Stone was awarded the 2010 Sperber Prize for Biography.
£5 tickets (redeemable against purchase of a copy of Septimania on the night) are available in store, by telephone 020 7851 2400 or by email [email protected]
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