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Tommy Wieringa’s latest book The Death of Murat Idrissi, translated from Dutch by Sam Garrett, traces how a wrong turn leads to disaster for two adventurous European women in Morocco. Among The Lost by Emiliano Monge, translated from Spanish by Frank Wynne, follows a single day in which people are trafficked and brutalised and illegal migrants are cheated of money and dreams even as countless others scrabble to cross the border. In this unnamed land, cruelty is the only currency.
Debates on migration and immigration often ignore the realities experienced by those who have to leave their homes in search of safety, asylum or new opportunities. Emiliano Monge and Tommy Wieringa are two award-winning writers whose bold, intelligent fiction is unafraid of confronting the ugly realities of migration. RTÉ’s Paula Shields leads a conversation with these two award winning writers on their latest books and their motives in tackling issues of migration through fiction.
Presented in partnership with the International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin) and the IMMA Exhibitions Doris Salcedo Acts of Mourning, A Fiction Close to Reality and associated talks and events series. This talk is supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature.
Tommy Wieringa was born in 1967 and grew up partly in the Netherlands, and partly in the tropics. He began his writing career with travel stories and journalism, and is the author of several internationally bestselling novels. His fiction has been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Oxford/Weidenfeld Prize, and has won Holland’s Libris Literature Prize. The Death of Murat Idrissi by Tommy Wieringa, translated from Dutch by Sam Garrett. Read book review here.
Emiliano Monge (Mexico City, 1978) studied Political Science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he also taught until his move to Barcelona, where he currently resides. Though he has worked as a book and magazine editor, at present, he fully dedicates his time to this writing. His first short story collection Arrastrar esa sombra was published in 2008, followed by the novel Morirse de memoria; both were finalists for the Antonin Artaud award. With a wide array of non-fiction essays, reportage and book reviews, he has been an ongoing contributor to the Spanish newspaper El País, the Mexican newspaper Reforma, and prestigious magazines such as Letras Libres and Gatopardo. He was the two-time recipient of the Conaculta award Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, and is now a member of the “Orden del Finnegans”, a group of Spanish writers that gather annually on Bloomsday in Dublin in honor of Joyce’s Ulysses. Among The Lost by Emiliano Monge, translated from Spanish by Frank Wynne – Read book review here
Paula Shields is a wordsmith, a researcher in RTÉ TV documentaries, and a judge for the 2017 Irish Times Theatre Awards and is an events & festivals moderator.
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