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Like a Sky Inside by Jakuta Alikavazovic

Location Lost City Books 2467 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States
Date Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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On Monday, May 6th at 7 PM, Lost City Books in Washington D.C. will host a captivating literary event featuring Jakuta Alikavazovic, the acclaimed French author of the newly translated book Like a Sky Inside. This profound and poetic work originated from Alikavazovic spending a night at the Louvre Museum in March 2020, an experience that sparked a heartfelt meditation on art, parenthood, immigration, belonging, and her complex relationship with her father. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to hear Alikavazovic read excerpts and discuss the deeply personal yet universally resonant themes explored in her "generous and joyful" prose. The event will provide insight into the author's multicultural background as the daughter of Bosnian and Montenegrin immigrants to France, growing up bilingual and straddling different worlds. Like a Sky, Inside has already earned rave reviews, with Catherine Lacey praising it as "a perfect sculpture of pure thought" and Garth Greenwell calling Alikavazovic "one of the great writers of our time." This book club-style evening promises an engaging discussion for lovers of literary fiction, memoirs, and works that poignantly examine the human condition. Those interested in the intersections of art, philosophy, and narrative storytelling will be enthralled by Alikavazovic's "quicksilver prodigies" of sentences, brought to life in the English translation by Daniel Levin Becker. The event is part of the Villa Albertine's "Authors on Tour" program, spotlighting vital international voices. Book lovers should not miss this chance to discover an author at the forefront of contemporary French literature.

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