“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” (Faulkner)
Changing borders and identities, politics past and present–all play a role in the engaging fiction of Italy’s Francesca Melandri and Germany’s Christopher Kloeble. Melandri’s prize-winning Eva Sleeps has been compared to Elena Ferrante’s hugely popular Neopolitan series, while Kloeble’s adventurous novel Almost Everything Very Fast is a family saga with a dark secret at its heart.
“Writers & Company” host Eleanor Wachtel explores the claims of history on contemporary lives in the work of these two powerful European storytellers.
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Christopher Kloeble is an award-winning German novelist and scriptwriter. Almost Everything Very Fast is his third book, and his first to be published in English. He lives in Berlin and New Delhi. Supported by the Goethe Institut Toronto
Francesca Melandri was born in Rome in 1964. After a long and successful screenwriting career her literary debut was in 2010 with Eva Sleeps, a critically acclaimed bestseller translated in most European languages and now published in English by Europa Editions. Her second novel Higher Than The Sea (2012) confirmed her standing among readers and literary critics. Both novels have been awarded several important prizes, both in Italy and Europe. She is also a documentary filmmaker and has two children. Supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Over 27 years as host of “Writers & Company” on CBC Radio, Eleanor Wachtel has earned a reputation as of the world’s best interviewers. In 2011, “Writers & Company”won a silver medal at the prestigious New York Festivals International Radio Awards. Eleanor herself has earned numerous accolades, including nine honorary degrees from universities across Canada. In 2004, she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada and in 2014, she was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada. Eleanor was born and raised in Montreal, where she studied English literature at McGill University. Over her 40 years in broadcasting, she has dedicated her career to telling the stories of those who tell stories, engaging the world’s best and most influential artists in intimate, illuminating conversations.