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Cristina Garcia reading from her new novel, Here in Berlin

October 17 @ 7:30 pm

 

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Here in Berlin is a portrait of a city through snapshots, an excavation of the stories and ghosts of contemporary Berlin–its complex, troubled past still pulsing in the air as it was during World War II. Critically acclaimed novelist Cristina Garcia brings the people of this famed city to life, their stories bristling with regret, desire, and longing.

An unnamed Visitor travels to Berlin with a camera looking for reckonings of her own. The city itself is a character–vibrant and postapocalyptic, flat and featureless except for its rivers, its lakes, its legions of bicyclists. Here she encounters a people’s history: the Cuban teen taken as a POW on a German submarine only to return home to a family who doesn’t believe him; the young Jewish scholar hidden in a sarcophagus until safe passage to England is found; the female lawyer haunted by a childhood of deprivation in the bombed-out suburbs who still defends those accused of war crimes; a young nurse with a checkered past who joins the Reich at a medical facility more intent on dispensing with the wounded than healing them; and the son of a zookeeper at the Berlin Zoo, fighting to keep the animals safe from both war and an increasingly starving populace.

A meditation on war and mystery, this is an exciting new work by one of our most gifted novelists, one that seeks to align the stories of the past with the stories of the future.

Cristina Garcia is the author of seven novels, including: Dreaming in CubanThe Aguero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, andKing of Cuba. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. Garcia has taught at universities nationwide. Recently, she completed her tenure as University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos and as Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin. She lives in the Bay Area.

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Date:
October 17
Time:
7:30 pm
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Website:
http://www.mrsdalloways.com/events/cristina-garcia
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Mrs. Dalloway’s

Venue

Mrs. Dalloways Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Phone:
510-704-8222
Website:
www.mrsdalloways.com