Edgar Garbelotto discusses João Gilberto Noll's LORD

Join us for an evening of discussion with Edgar Garbelotto, translator of João Gilberto Noll's Lord. Garbelotto will appear in conversation with Words Without Borders' Susan Harris. A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion.

About the book:

As Lord begins, a Brazilian author is arriving at London’s Heathrow airport for reasons he doesn’t fully understand. Only aware that he has been invited to take part in a mysterious mission, the Brazilian starts to churn with anxiety. Torn between returning home and continuing boldly forward, he becomes absorbed by fears: What if the Englishman who invited him here proves malign? Maybe he won’t show up? Or maybe he’ll leave the Brazilian lost and adrift in London, with no money or place to stay? Ever more confused and enmeshed in a reality of his own making, the Brazilian wanders more and more through London’s immigrant Hackney neighborhood, losing his memory, adopting strange behaviors, experiencing surreal sexual encounters, and developing a powerful fear of ever seeing himself reflected in a mirror.

A novel about the unsettling space between identities, and a disturbing portrait of dementia from the inside out, Lord constructs an altogether original story out of the ways we search for new versions of ourselves. With jaw-dropping scenes and sensual, at times grotesque images, renowned Brazilian author João Gilberto Noll grants us stunning new visions of our own personalities and the profound transformations that overtake us throughout life.

About the translator:

Edgar Garbelotto’s translations have appeared in venues including the Kenyon Review and Asymptote. An MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois, he is the author of the novel Terra Incognita, written in both Portuguese and English.

About Susan Harris:

Susan Harris is the editorial director of Words Without Borders. The former director and editor in chief of Northwestern University Press, she has worked in translation and publishing for over twenty years. Ms. Harris holds a B.A. in fiction writing and English literature from Northwestern University, and an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Lord Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931883795
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Two Lines Press - February 12th, 2019

Event date: 

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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