The Moral Ambiguities of Survival: Julián Fuks & Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

Julián Fuks, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr and Timothy Taylor

The Moral Ambiguities of Survival: Julián Fuks & Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

Julián Fuks, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr and Timothy Taylor

2:30pm

Friday, October 29, 2021

Award-winning authors Julián Fuks and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr in conversation discuss various forms of occupation, and the toll of resistance and heroism on the human spirit. With impeccable prose, Fuks exposes the frailty of life, the risk of solitude and the brutality of not belonging, in his novel Occupation (translated to English by Daniel Hahn). Mbougar Sarr’s debut novel, Brotherhood (translated to English by Alexia Trigo), takes readers to the imaginary town of Kalep, where members of a tyrannical regime known as “The Brotherhood” publicly execute two people simply for having loved each other. A brilliant analysis of tyranny and brutality, Brotherhood gives voice to the moral ambiguities of survival under such harrowing conditions.

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This event is generously supported by the French Embassy in Canada. Avec le soutien de l’Ambassade de France au Canada.

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Award-winning authors Julián Fuks and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr in conversation discuss various forms of occupation, and the toll of resistance and heroism on the human spirit. With impeccable prose, Fuks exposes the frailty of life, the risk of solitude and the brutality of not belonging, in his novel Occupation (translated to English by Daniel Hahn). Mbougar Sarr’s debut novel, Brotherhood (translated to English by Alexia Trigo), takes readers to the imaginary town of Kalep, where members of a tyrannical regime known as “The Brotherhood” publicly execute two people simply for having loved each other. A brilliant analysis of tyranny and brutality, Brotherhood gives voice to the moral ambiguities of survival under such harrowing conditions.

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This event is generously supported by the French Embassy in Canada. Avec le soutien de l’Ambassade de France au Canada.

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Featured Authors

Julián Fuks has gained recognition as one of Brazil’s most outstanding writers. Fuks is the author of the novels Histórias de literatura e cegueira and Procura do romance, both shortlisted for the Oceanos Award and the Jabuti Award. His novel Resistance was the winner of the Jabuti Award for Book of the Year, the Oceanos Prize, the José Saramago Literary Prize and the Anna Seghers Prize. Occupation is a sequel to Resistance and Fuks’ second book to appear in English.

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Mohamed Mbougar Sarr was born in Dakar in 1990. He studied literature and philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Brotherhood, his first novel, won the Grand Prix du Roman Métis, the Prix Ahmadou Kourouma and the French Voices Grand Prize, in Alexia Trigo’s translation. He was named Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by the president of Senegal.

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Timothy Taylor is a best-selling and award-winning novelist and journalist. He’s written nine books including his novels Stanley Park and The Blue Light Project, as well as nonfiction titles such as Foodville and The Cranky Connoisseur. His latest work is the auto-fictional novel The Rise and Fall of Magic Wolf which returns Taylor to the world of commercial kitchens and the cooks who work in them. Taylor is a professor with the UBC School of Creative Writing. He lives in Vancouver.

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