Turning the Political Into Fiction
Friday 12th October 18:30 at London - Gower Street
Lucy Popescu presents an evening of readings and discussion on the subject of turning political events into compelling literature and, in times of censorship, using fiction to write about political repression with Héctor Abad, Georgina Harding, Hamid Ismailov and John McGhie.
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Héctor Abad was born in Medellín, Colombia, in 1958, where he studied medicine, philosophy and journalism. After being expelled from university for writing a defamatory text against the Pope, he moved to Italy. He will be reading from his bestselling novel, The Farm, about a Colombian family defending their mountain home against guerrillas and paramilitaries. It’s been hailed as “today’s literary response to Gabriel García Márquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude.”
Georgina Harding is the author of five novels: The Gun Room, Painter of Silence, a devastating portrait of Romania during and after the Second World War (shortlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize), The Solitude of Thomas Cave, and The Spy Game (a BBC Book at Bedtime and shortlisted for the Encore Award). She will be talking and reading from about Painter of Silence and give us a sneak preview of her most recent novel, Land of the Living, which explores the isolating impact of war, loss and survival and will be published on 1 November.
Hamid Ismailov is an Uzbek journalist and writer who was forced to flee Uzbekistan in 1992 for what the state dubbed ‘unacceptable democratic tendencies’. He came to the UK and now works with the BBC World Service. His works are banned in Uzbekistan. He will be talking about and reading from The Devils’ Dance the first of his Uzbek novels to appear in English, described as “a beautiful evocation of different Central Asian historical worlds.”
John McGhie was an investigative journalist for the BBC, Channel Four News and the Observer where he was Political Correspondent. In 2003, he made a BBC documentary White Terror, on which his remarkable debut novel White Highlands, is partly based. Set in Kenya, it is an outstanding evocation of colonial imperialism and its aftermath, “full of high drama, raw emotion and great descriptive power.”
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