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April 26, 2011

Jonathan Galassi at the PEN World Voices Festival

Pen2011For our New York readers, we'd like to invite you to a special event with our publisher (and guest blogger) Jonathan Galassi this Sunday, May 1st, at the New York Public Library.

Galassi will go head-to-head in a conversation on Giacomo Leopardi with the illustrious German-poet translator and artistic director of Germany’s acclaimed Berliner Festspiele, Joachim Sartorius.

The conversation will address Leopardi’s formidable oeuvre and its lasting affect on contemporary poetry and culture. At the heart of this event is Galassi's new translation of Canti and the question of a translator-cum-poet's take on how to reinvigorate a classic text in the current literary climate. Their conversation will be moderated by American poet Rosanna Warren.

Presented by the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. (Full event details and tickets.)

Related: A look at the decade-long translation and editing process behind Leopardi's Canti.

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