Date & Time
Friday, October 13, 2017
Off Campus (see description)
Center for Latin American Studies
Pola Oloixarac discusses "Savage Theories."
Presented in partnership with 57th Street Books
About the book: Rosa Ostreech, a pseudonym for the novel’s beautiful but self-conscious narrator, carries around a trilingual edition of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, struggles with her thesis on violence and culture, sleeps with a bourgeois former guerrilla, and pursues her elderly professor with a highly charged blend of eroticism and desperation. Elsewhere on campus, Pabst and Kamtchowsky tour the underground scene of Buenos Aires, dabbling in ketamine, group sex, video games, and hacking. And in Africa in 1917, a Dutch anthropologist named Johan van Vliet begins work on a theory that explains human consciousness and civilization by reference to our early primate ancestors—animals, who, in the process of becoming human, spent thousands of years as prey.
Savage Theories wryly explores fear and violence, war and sex, eroticism and philosophy. Its complex and flawed characters grapple with a mess of impossible, visionary theories, searching for their place in our fragmented digital world.
About the author: Pola Oloixarac is a writer, journalist, and translator. She studied philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires and has contributed articles for various publications including The New York Times, The Telegraph, Rolling Stone, Folha de São Paulo, Revista Clarín, and others. In 2010, she was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young Spanish Novelists and she is the recipient of a literary award from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes. Her bestselling first novel, Savage Theories (Las teorías salvajes, 2008), has been translated in French, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, and English.
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