Competition: Win a Margellos canvas tote bag and a copy of Norman Manea's 'The Lair'
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
To celebrate the new titles in our pioneering Margellos World Republic of Letters translation series, we will be giving three lucky winners a copy of Norman Manea's fabulous novel The Lair (published in English for the first time) and a lovely Margellos tote bag to carry it in. The competition starts today (Wednesday 13 June) and will run for three days. To enter simply follow @yalebooks on Twitter and tweet your answer to that day's Manea-related question using the hashtag #margellos. Good luck!
Wednesday's QuestionNorman Manea won the MacArthur Fellowship in 1992: what is the prize’s nickname?
Thursday's QuestionName another Norman Manea book in Yale’s Margellos series (there's a few to choose from!)
Friday's QuestionNorman Manea has often been proposed as a candidate for which Swedish literary prize?
Manea's novel takes elements of Mittel-Europa atmosphere, Byzantine heritage, Jewish-Greek perennial conflict, labyrinths, and libraries to America, where hierarchies of authority are upended, and where his story turns absurd and ultimately tragic. Manea has described himself as "an adventurer trying to humanize his shipwreck wherever he may be". His hero, too, is such an adventurer. Norman Manea's work places him in the literary family of such writers as Bruno Schultz, Robert Musil, and Franz Kafka. Twice a survivor of totalitarian regimes, he often explores the implications of exile, and he illuminates the human tragicomedy with an intensity matched by no other author writing today.
Visit the official Margellos website to learn more about this series.