To celebrate the new titles in our pioneering Margellos World Republic of Letters translation series, for the rest of the week 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 and will run for three days, with a winner being announced for each day. To enter simply follow @yalebooks on Twitter and tweet your answer to that day’s Manea-related question using the hashtag #margellos. Good luck!
The first question will be posted today between 12 and 1pm. You have until midnight to tweet the correct answer with the hashtag #margellos. Winning participents will be asked to Direct Message us your email address so that we can make contact and arrange delivery of The Lair and the Tote bag. Don’t worry if you don’t win today’s question, there are still two more chances!
Wednesday’s Question: Norman Manea won the MacArthur Fellowship in ’92: what is the prize’s nickname?
Thursday’s Question: Name another Norman Manea book in Yale’s Margellos series (there’s a few to choose from!)
Friday’s Question: Norman Manea has often been proposed as a candidate for which Swedish literary prize?
About Norman Manea
Norman Manea is Francis Flournoy Professor of European Culture and writer-in-residence at Bard College. A novelist and essayist, he first published in Communist Romania in the 1960s, producing a string of socially critical works that led to his departure in 1986. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages, and he has received many important cultural and literary prizes, including the MacArthur Fellowship (U.S.), the Nonino International Literary Prize (Italy), the Prix Médicis Etranger (France), the Nelly Sachs prize (Germany) and is widely tipped to be the next Nobel laureate.
About The Lair
Set in New York City in the months preceding 9/11, Norman Manea’s novel introduces us to the protagonist who, like the author himself, is a Romanian professor in exile and who struggles with loneliness, dislocation, the desire to hide. Yet his difficulties and dilemmas are uniquely his own, and his quest for inner peace – the comfort of a lair – is a literary journey of deep originality.
The Lair 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.
About the Margellos World Republic of Letters series
The Margellos World Republic of Letters series identifies works of cultural and artistic significance previously overlooked by translators and publishers, canonical works of literature and philosophy needing new translations, as well as important contemporary authors whose work has not yet been translated into English. The series is designed to bring to the English-speaking world leading poets, novelists, essayists, philosophers, and playwrights from Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, to stimulate international discourse and creative exchange.
Visit the official Margellos website to learn more about this series.