Ghosts in the Machine: Haunted Memories and Reimagined Futures
Sunday, March 31 at 6:00 PM
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
How would living under Communism have shaped your identity? What about being the child of Jehovah’s Witnesses; or being a deceived wife; or living in the continual (and reasonable) fear of attack by a ravenous wolf? Perhaps, if you were affected by such conditions, you could ignore the “monster in the house,” and form successful friendships, relationships and careers. Then again, your experience with that fraught backdrop might linger, stretching into future generations. In this panel, we speak with four authors whose novels and short stories bring to life the specters that haunt them — some political, some familial, some ineffable. These ghosts in the machine have colored their characters’ views of themselves and the world around them. We explore the question of how those who form their selfhood in the shadow of dark influences can use memory to illuminate their reality and liberate their truth.
Featuring Laura Freudenthaler, Gianna Molinari, Stefanie de Velasco and Jenny Zhang, and moderated by the novelist and Festival Neue Literatur chair John Wray.
The event is free of charge and in English. RSVPs are required due to limited seating.