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Dinner at the Center of the Earth - Nathan Englander - <span class="date-display-single">10/09/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

Dinner at the Center of the Earth

10/09/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room 301

From the Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges--a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard.


A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel's most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner's existence. From these vastly different lives Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined--a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong--who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner? 


Nathan Englander

About Presenter Nathan Englander


Nathan Englander's short fiction has appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, and numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, which earned him a PEN/Malamud Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, Englander's play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater, and his translation of New American Haggadah (edited by Jonathan Safran Foer) was published by Little, Brown. He also co-translated Etgar Keret's Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, published by FSG. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.


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