Litfest International Fiction Book Club: Juan Gabriel Vásquez – Songs for the Flames
The Litfest International Fiction Book Club was launched in April 2020 with Lars Mytting’s The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, for which the author joined us by Zoom from Norway. Since then, the club has discussed a book each month, often with the writer, translator or editor. Among our guests have been authors Delphine de Vigan, Daniel Kehlman and Andrey Kurkov, and translators Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Olga Tokarczuk), Margaret Jull Costa (Javier Marías), Carlos Rojas (Yan Lianke) and Sasha Dugdale (Maria Stepanova).
For this special edition of the book club, we are delighted to welcome the acclaimed Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez and his translator Anne McLean to discuss his novels, his latest story collection, the morally complex Songs for the Flames, and the art of translation.