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100 Days by Gabriel Josipovici: Carcanet Book Launch
Please join us to celebrate the launch of 100 Days by Gabriel Josipovici. Hosting the reading will be critic and writer Marina Warner, joining Gabriel to discuss the new book. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions.

When in March 2020 the Covid pandemic led the Government to impose a total lockdown Gabriel Josipovici decided that he would respond to a unique situation by writing an essay a day for a hundred days, prefacing each with a diary entry, keeping track of the changing seasons as well as the pandemic. As organising and generating principle for the essays he chose the alphabet, and the result is a stimulating kaleidoscope of topics from Aachen to Zoos, passing by Alexandria, Luciano Berio, Ivy Compton-Burnett, reflections on his own early works The Echo-Chamber and Flow, Langland’s Piers Plowman, the idea of repetition in life and art, and much else.

Josipovici reminds us that he has previously ‘plundered episodes in my life to illustrate the intertwining of memory and forgetting, the desire to remember and the need to forget’, and here he has someone say to him: ‘You don’t seem to be afraid of revealing a great deal about yourself.’ ‘I don’t think I feel it that way,’ he responds. ‘I can “reveal” precisely because it does not seem to be part of me. It seems to belong to someone else, a writer I have lived with, an immigrant I have known.’

Loquacious, funny and incautious, this surprising book is in effect a kind of expressionist self-portrait as well as a meditation on a hundred days of the pandemic.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.

Oct 27, 2021 07:00 PM in London

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Gabriel Josipovici
Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 of Russo-Italian, Romano-Levantine parents, He lived in Egypt, where his parents were born, from 1945 to 1956, when he came to England. He read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and from 1963 to 1998 was attached to the School of European studies at the University of Sussex. He is the author of 20 novels, twelve of them published by Carcanet, three volumes of short stories and ten books of criticism, and of a memoir of his mother, the poet and translator Sacha Rabinovitch. He lives in Lewes. Author portrait by Tereza Stehlikova
Marina Warner
Marina Warner writes fiction and cultural history. Her award-winning books explore myths and fairy tales. She has published five novels and three collections of short stories, and her essays on literature and art have been collected in Signs & Wonders (1994) and Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists (2018). She contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books and to artist’s catalogues. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2015 she was awarded the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities and in 2017 a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. Her most recent book, Inventory of a Life Mislaid (2021) is an ‘unreliable memoir’ about her childhood in Egypt. She is currently writing a book about the concept of Sanctuary. She lives in London.