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Writers on Writers: Malouf and Mendelsohn on the Classics
Thursday, May 21 2015
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre (formerly Sydney Theatre), 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Literary obsessions can bind writers across oceans. American memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn and Australian writer and poet David Malouf share a deep appreciation for the classics. Malouf’s novel Ransom is an elegant riff on the Iliad, and was described as ‘profound and successful’ by Mendelsohn in The New Yorker. Mendelsohn’s newest book is an intimate portrait of him and his father as they follow in the footsteps of Homer’s Odyssey. Malouf and Mendelsohn sit down to muse on why ancient narratives hold such power today.
Daniel Mendelsohn (International)
Daniel Mendelsohn has written the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million and is an award-winning writer, critic and translator. His work appears in many publications, most frequently in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Harper’s Magazine. Daniel’s other books include a memoir, The Elusive Embrace, and two collections of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken and Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays From the Classics to Pop Culture. He will soon publish a memoir entitled An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and An Epic.
David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life,Conversations at Curlow Creek,Harland's Half Acre,Dream Stuff, Every Move You Make, his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street and Ransom. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. In 2014, the year of David’s eightieth birthday, he published a collection of essays, A First Place and a book of poetry Earth Hour. His most recent book is The Writing Life.