About the Book (from the publisher): Ewa Gorniak Morgan’s ode to Venice is an image-rich prose poem that combines dream-state illusion and wakeful reportage. The pleasure is in the details: an angel holding the Accademia Bridge aloft, as if to weigh the crowds walking across; a respectful traghetto gondolier reaching out toward, but not quite touching, an unsteady female passenger--and the Tess and Hat love story that lies at the heart of this enterprise. An intimate and intriguing portrait of Venice - presented as the universal messenger of beauty and conveyer of one’s dreams, a place of all places, a living city and an icon - unfolds on many levels. The narrative of a love story intermingles verse, essay, and reportage creating a sheer sensual fabric of poetry in prose.
About the Author: Poet, writer, translator; art, music and film correspondent for press and TV, Ewa Gorniak Morgan has been living in Venice since 1995, where she married the American painter, Robert Morgan. She is the author of “Venice My Love”, translator of essays by Giorgio Agamben and his book “Idea della prosa”, editor and coauthor of “Il caffe letterario” and “Love Accessories. Delfina Marcello”, dedicated to the
work of the Venetian filmmaker and artist. She has an MA in Art Theory and Film Studies, was the first Eastern European intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and, among many other achivements, is a Soros Foundation Grant recipient.
About the Moderator: Yuri Leving is Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. He is the author of nine books and editor of six volumes. Leving has published over a hundred scholarly articles, many of them devoted to Vladimir Nabokov, and is the founding editor of the "Nabokov Online Journal". The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) named Prof. Leving the 2017 recipient of the award for Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University.
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