Princeton alumnus Carlos Fonseca *15 will be in conversation with Xita Rubert, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, to discuss his latest novel Austral. Translated by Megan Mcdowell, Austral (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023) is a story that deals with issues concerning memory, extinction and language. Rubert and Fonseca will be discussing these themes as well as his work on the Latin American archival novel, testimony, the language of pain and the limits of expression.
About our guest speaker
Carlos Fonseca was born in Costa Rica in 1987, brought up in Puerto Rico and graduated from Princeton in 2014. He was selected by the Hay Festival as part of the Bogotá 39 group (2016), by Granta magazine as one of the twenty-five best young Spanish-language writers (2021) and by Encyclopaedia Britannica as one of the twenty most promising writers in the world for their ‘Young Shapers of the Future’ series (2022). His previous novels are Colonel Lágrimas and Natural History, both translated by Megan McDowell. His work has been translated into more than ten languages. He is Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Latin American Literature at the University of Cambridge, where he is a fellow of Trinity College. His latest novel, Austral, has been described by The New York Times as a “a masterly voyage of discovery, both physical and intellectual.”
Xita Rubert, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature
- Program in Latin American Studies
- Department of Spanish and Portuguese