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This Place Holds No Fear by Monika Held; Translation by Anne Posten


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This Place Holds No Fear by Monika Held; Translation by Anne Posten

Please join us in welcoming translator, Anne Posten to the shop on Friday, January 29th for a signing and talk about her latest translated novel, This Place Holds No Fear by Monika Held.

"Summoned from Vienna to Frankfurt to testify at the Auschwitz trials, Heiner meets Lena, who is working at the court as a translator. As the trial progresses, Heiner bears witness to his experiences of being deported to Auschwitz as a young man. He and Lena begin a cautious love affair, but both are unsure whether their love can be strong enough to cope with his trauma. Heiner knows that if they are going to stay together Lena will have to accept the shadow of Auschwitz that marks him. When she does, they start to build a new life around the debris of his past.
In clear, unobtrusive prose inspired by interviews Monika Held did with Auschwitz survivors, This Place Holds No Fear paints an emotive picture of life and love governed by trauma. Heiner’s suffering is omnipresent, and Lena’s struggle to hold her own in an imbalanced relationship dominated by his past is deeply moving. His stories are horrific and disturbing, but he cannot survive without them. Slowly, as the years pass, they’re able to a find freedom and a sense of peace they have not known before."

Anne Posten is a literary translator based in New York. Her short translations of poetry and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in n+1, Gigantic, Hanging Loose, Words without Borders, FIELD, Stonecutter, and The Agriculture Reader. Book-length works include Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!!: A Paul Scheerbart Reader, appearing with Christine Burgin/The University of Chicago Press; Anna Katharina Hahn’s Shorter Days, with Frisch & Co., and Monika Held’s This Place Holds No Fear from Haus Publishing. She won the inaugural Loose Translations Award from Hanging Loose Press in 2012, which resulted in the publication of her translation of Tankred Dorst’s novella This Beautiful Place, and she won an Honorable Mention for the 2008 Susan Sontag Translation Prize. Her essay on translating the German poet Thomas Brasch appears in the 2012 issue of Text + Kritik dedicated to the latter’s work. Posten holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Queens College, CUNY, where she teaches in the English Department. She is the recipient of a 2014-15 Fulbright Grant to Berlin.

Earlier Event: January 29
Story time with Nanny K