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Saturday, October 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
City of Jasmine

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When Hammoudi, a young surgeon based in Paris, returns to Syria to renew his passport, he only expects to stay there a few days. But the authorities refuse to let him leave, and Hammoudi finds himself caught up in the fight against the regime. Meanwhile, budding actress Amal has also joined the protests against the government and her own father, by whom she feels betrayed. Realizing that they will never again be safe in their homeland, Amal and her boyfriend Youssef decide to flee to Europe in a desperate bid to survive. The two protagonists’ stories eventually come together when they meet in Berlin, where Amal and Youssef have started a new life together. City of Jasmine is an intimate and striking novel that offers real insight into the horrors and inhumanity of war, whilst also focusing on the humanity of the protagonists, marking Olga Grjasnowa as one of the most talented and admired young authors working in Germany today. Grajasnowa will be in conversation with Katy Derbyshire, who translated the novel into English.

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Katy Derbyshire

Katy Derbyshire is a British-born, Berlin-based translator and writer. She translates contemporary German writers including Clemens Meyer, Christa Wolf, Helene Hegemann, and Inka Parei. Her translation of Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize... Read More →

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Olga Grjasnowa

Olga Grjasnowa was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, moved to Germany at the age of twelve, and spent extended periods in Poland, Russia, and Israel. Grjasnowa is a graduate of the German Institute for Literature/Creative Writing in Leipzig. In 2010, her debut play, Mitfühlende Deutsche... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
199 Commonwealth Ave 199 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, 02116