16 -05 2007 - An Evening with Novelist Antonia Arslan
|Presented by NAASR and Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, Boston Chapter
Antonia Arslan is a former professor of Italian literature at the University of Padua whose first novel, the best- selling La Masseria delle Allodole, has recently been translated into English and published as Skylark Farm. A film adaptation by the Oscar- winning filmmakers the Taviani Brothers has just
been released in Europe.
Skylark Farm chronicles the life of a family
struggling for survival during the Armenian Genocide
in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. It has been praised by
the Christian Science Monitor as "unsparing"
and "impossible to stop reading." The book was also
a New York Times Editor's Choice in February
Arslan has drawn on the story of her own family to tell
the story of Skylark Farm. She has transformed
the "obscure memories" that are her heritage into a
novel as lyrical and poignant as a fable.
She will discuss the background of the novel and how
she came to write it, the tremendous response to both
the book and the film in Europe, its translation into
English, and the impact such works can have in
bringing the Armenian story to readers who might ~
A question and answer period will follow the talk and
Arslan will be available to sign copies of Skylark
May 17, 2007
The NAASR Bookstore will open at 7:30 p.m.
Skylark Fam and many other new titles will be
available for purchase.
* Parking is available around the NAASR building
and in adjacent areas on Concord Avenue.
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