Don’t miss Geoff Dyer, author of the “very funny, full of nerve, gutsy and delicious” (Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient) Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, who will be appearing at the Brooklyn Public Library on Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
Dyer’s event is part of the BPL’s new Art of Nonfiction series, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Books will be available for sale.
About the author:
Geoff Dyer is the author of three novels, a critical study of John Berger, and four genre-defying books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle finalist. He lives in London.
Praise for Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi:
“Dyer’s writerly versatility braids into something madly compelling as the narration becomes comically and tragically unreliable.” —The Boston Globe
“Geoff Dyer’s astonishingly original two-part novel “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi” contrasts cynical worldliness in the first part –the art world at the Venice Biennale and its themes of sex, drugs and social status –with unworldliness in the second part, the passage to nonbeing that is Varanasi, the city of burning funeral pyres alongside the Ganges.” —Portland Oregonian
“[Jeff in Venice] is a dirty satire on a decadent scene, but it’s also wise, wistful, funny, and achingly sad.” —Very Short List
“Funny, insightful, and accessible, [Jeff in Venice…] allows the reader to move easily between the two cities and connect with the two characters, or two halves of the same person. Dyer…[is] an innovative, genre-bending writer.” —Booklist