“Sphinx” Feminist & LGBT Literary Book Discussion | SF
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Green Apple Books on the Park | 1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA
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Translator Emma Ramadan, Oulipo member Daniel Levin Becker, and the Center for the Art of Translation’s Scott Esposito in conversation about Anne Garreta’s Sphinx, a landmark text in the feminist and LGBT literary canon appearing in English for the first time.
Sphinx is the remarkable debut novel, originally published in 1986, by the incredibly talented and inventive French author Anne Garreta, one of the few female members of Oulipo, the influential and exclusive French experimental literary group whose mission is to create literature based on mathematical and linguistic restraints, and whose ranks include Georges Perec and Italo Calvino, among others.
A beautiful and complex love story between two characters, the narrator, “I,” and their lover, A***, written without using any gender markers to refer to the main characters, “Sphinx” is a remarkable linguistic feat and paragon of experimental literature that has never been accomplished before or since in the strictly-gendered French language.