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Monday, September 20, 2021
4:00 PM






Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


Join us for a conversation with Eduardo Berti on his book, 'An Ideal Presence'. He will be joined in discussion by Daniel Levin Becker and Casey Jarman.

Presented in partnership with Third Place Books

About the book: In 2015, the Argentinian novelist Eduardo Berti spent several weeks in a "medico-literary" residency at the University Hospital Centre in Rouen, France, observing and conversing with the staff and volunteers of its palliative care department. From that experience he created this series of lightly fictionalized testimonials from nurses, nursing aides, doctors, administrators, porters, volunteer musicians, and the other people who make the unit tick. The result is a distinctly intimate and often poignant portrait of sickness and care, and unflinching look at death through the eyes of the people who work with it every day--but also a profound reflection on what it means to be alive.

About the author: Eduardo Berti, born in Buenos Aires in 1964, is the author of a vast body of work that includes novels, stories, music writing, and various unclassifiable books. He has translated authors such as Gustave Flaubert, Jane Austen, and Marguerite Yourcenar into Spanish, and is the editor of a Spanish edition of Henry James’s complete stories. A member of the OuLiPo since 2014, he lives in Bordeaux.

About the interlocutor: Daniel Levin Becker, born in Chicago in 1984, is the author of Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature and the forthcoming What’s Good: Notes on Rap and Language, as well as the translator of, among others, Georges Perec’s La Boutique Obscure. He has been a member of the OuLiPo since 2009.
Casey Jarman is a writer/illustrator/chronic procrastinator based in Portland, Oregon. He is the former Managing Editor of the Believer magazine, a longtime Music Editor at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Willamette Week, and a cofounder of Party Damage Records. He works with independent music venues in Portland, makes animated music videos and writes a bimonthly column about video game soundtracks for Bandcamp Daily. His book of interviews, Death: An Oral History, came out in 2016 on the Zest Books imprint.