Novelist and translator David Unger reads from his novel, The Mastermind, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, in the Prospect House Library. Following the reading, Unger will have a conversation with Professor of Creative Writing Jhumpa Lahiri about writing and translation. The event is free and open to the public.
DAVID UNGER is the author of five novels. In April, Akashic Books published The Mastermind, which has been translated into Spanish and Italian. In 2011 he published The Price of Escape (New York: Akashic Books) and Para Mi, Eres Divina (Random House Mondadori, Mexico). Other books include Ni chicha, ni limonada (F y G Editores, 2009) and Life in the Damn Tropics (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004). His short stories and essays have appeared in Delta de las arenas: cuentos árabes, cuentos judíos (Literal Publishers, 2013), Puertos Abiertos (FCE, 2011), Guernica Magazine (February 2016, April 2011, November 2007 and August 2006) and Playboy Mexico (October 2005). He has translated 14 titles, including the work of Rigoberta Menchú (Guatemala), Silvia Molina (Mexico), Nicanor Parra (Chile), Teresa Cárdenas (Cuba), Mario Benedetti (Uruguay), among others. In 2014 he received Guatemala’s 2014 Miguel Angel Asturias National Literature Prize for lifetime achievement, though he writes exclusively in English and lives in the U.S.