EU BOOK-CLUB: "THE BIRTHDAY PARTY"
Saturday, March 19 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hellenic Community of Vancouver
4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Organized by the Consulate General of Greece in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, in collaboration with the Vancouver Public Library and the Hellenic Community of Vancouver, the next meeting with the EU Book Club, moderated by Dr. Eirini Kotsovili, Lecturer at the Hellenic Studies Dept. of SFU, will focus on the Greek novel The Birthday Party (2007).
"THE BIRTHDAY PARTY"
As dawn breaks on a small island late in the summer of 1975, a tycoon wakes up to oversee the final preparations for his daughter’s birthday party. Finding out that she is pregnant by someone he does not approve of, he tries to persuade her to end the pregnancy: his private doctor – and oldest friend – is standing by to perform the procedure. Among the other guests is the tycoon’s ambitious biographer. The story intersperses the riveting events that unfold during the day of the party with the tycoon’s rise to wealth and fame, from childhood in Asia Minor to old age, via Buenos Aires, New York, London and Paris, and the attempts of his young biographer to bring his subject’s true personality to light. The Birthday Party is at once fascinating, revealing and hilarious – a gripping novel that comments upon the art of biography and the invention of a human life. (Text: Amazon.com)
“A rollicking read…A serious meditation on masculinity and commercial power in 20th century Greece. Fans of Karnezis’ previous books will not be disappointed. Marco [the main
character] is a huge and splendidly flawed hero for a five-star novel, that like all Karnezis’ fictions, reveals many different Greeces. This is for anyone who loves soap operas, Homer, business or biography and confirms Panos as the finest (OK, only) living Greek engineer-turned-writer of English novels in the world.”
—The Times (London) (Text: http://www.historical-museum.gr)
Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967 and moved to England in 1992. He was awarded an MA in Creative Writing by the University of East Anglia. He is the author of a highly praised collection of stories, Little Infamies, and three novels, The Maze, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread First Novel award, The Birthday Party and The Convent. (Text: Amazon)
Light refreshments will follow, courtesy of the Consulate General of Greece
Admission is free, but please register by e-mail: email@example.com
The English translation of the novel is available in paperback or e-book from both Amazon and Chapters.
One copy is available from the Vancouver Public Library.