November 5, 2014 Join Paris Review Editor Lorin Stein and Two Voices for an Evening of Literary Experimentation!

As part of the Center for the Art of Translation's Two Voices event series, join Paris Review Editor Lorin Stein, translator Jan Steyn, and the Center’s Scott Esposito to explore the daring work of French writer Edouard Levé at San Francisco’s The Lab on Wednesday, November 5.

Written with a “strange combination of formal distance and emotional immediacy” (Slate), and filled with whimsy, dark humor, relentless experimentation, and crystalline prose, Levé’s books have become celebrated for their elegance, poetic beauty, and inventive ideas.

To delve into this remarkably original, diverse body of writing, we bring together two people with an intimate knowledge of Levé’s books—his English-language translators, Jan Steyn and Lorin Stein. They’ll be in conversation with the Center’s Scott Esposito, a certified Levé-ian and co-author of The End of Oulipo?

Levé’s book Autoportrait consists of a single, 100-page paragraph of observations about himself. His Works features 533 numbered ideas for artworks imagined by the author but never realized. The Guardian called it “a delight to read, so full of surprises, so many unexpected moments of laughter, reverie and delight.” And his final book, Suicide—handed into his publisher just days before Levé took his own life—is a look at the titular phenomenon unlike any other.

It all takes place at The Lab, one of the Bay Area’s top venues for innovative literary events. Have a drink and dive into Levé’s remarkably addictive prose.

  • The Lab
  • 2948 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 7:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Cash bar, and copies of Levé’s books available for sale