OBLONG ONLINE: Daniel Mendelsohn, "Three Rings; A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate," in conversation with Éric Trudel

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Monday, October 26, 2020 - 7:00pm
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via Zoom

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In this genre-defying book, best-selling memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn explores the mysterious links between the randomness of the lives we lead and the artfulness of the stories we tell.

Daniel MendelsohnThree Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate by Daniel MendelsohnÉric Trudel

Combining memoir, biography, history, and literary criticism, Three Rings weaves together the stories of three exiled writers who turned to the classics of the past to create masterpieces of their own―works that pondered the nature of narrative itself. Erich Auerbach, the Jewish philologist who fled Hitler’s Germany and wrote his classic study of Western literature, Mimesis, in Istanbul... François Fénelon, the seventeenth-century French archbishop whose ingenious sequel to the Odyssey, The Adventures of Telemachus―a veiled critique of the Sun King and the best-selling book in Europe for one hundred years―resulted in his banishment...and more.  Intertwined with these tales of exile and artistic crisis is an account of Mendelsohn’s struggles to write two of his own books―a family saga of the Holocaust and a memoir about reading the Odyssey with his elderly father―that are haunted by tales of oppression and wandering.

Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, where he is Editor-at-Large. His books include the memoirs An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic and The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million as well as three collections of essays and criticism, most recently Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones. He teaches literature at Bard College.

Éric Trudel is Professor of French; Director, French Studies Program and Co-director, Center for Faculty and Curricular Development at Bard College.

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An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345806215
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Published: Vintage - July 31st, 2018

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Published: Harper Perennial - November 12th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781681374055
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Published: New York Review Books - October 8th, 2019

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