Katja Perat, PhD student in comparative literature and member of the International Writers Track, will present her new novel The Masochist (translated from the Slovenian by Michael Biggins) in a virtual reading and discussion with Lynne Tatlock, chair of the Program in Comparative Literature.
Free and open to all.
Perat’s novel is a seriocomic fictional romp through the Habsburg Empire of the fin de siècle, beginning in 1874 Lemberg (present-day Lviv/Lvov in Ukraine), continuing to Vienna, and ending in the Habsburg Adriatic seaport of Trieste in 1912. Along the way, the protagonist, Nadezhda Moser, the daughter of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (notorious author of Venus in Furs), encounters luminaries of the Empire’s cultural elite.
This is the inaugural season for the International Writers Series, a new collaboration between the International Writers track of the Program of Comparative Literature and the University Libraries to celebrate new publications of creative works by writers and translators in the Washington University in St. Louis community. The discussions are moderated by Matthias Goeritz, Professor of Practice of Comparative Literature.