Alejandro Zambra: Multiple Choice

Thursday 21 July, 2016
7pm, $0

Greenlight Books
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

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Alejandro Zambra has been called “Latin America’s new literary star” (The New Yorker) and “the most talked-about writer to come out of Chile since Bolaño” (New York Times Book Review), with works distinguished by their striking originality, brevity, strangeness, and the flouting of narrative convention. His new book Multiple Choice is written in the form of a standardized test, inviting the reader to complete virtuoso language exercises and engage with short narrative passages via multiple-choice questions that are thought-provoking, usually unanswerable, and often absurd. It offers a new kind of reading experience in which the reader participates directly in the creation of meaning, and engages with issues of love, family, privacy, the limits of closeness, how a society is affected by the legacies of the past, and the conviction that, rather than learning to think, we are trained to obey and repeat. Zambra read and discusses his work at Greenlight.

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