An Evening With Jonathan Franzen

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Spend an evening with American author, Jonathan Franzen, as he appears on stage for an intimate conversation and Q&A in a special out-of-season Perth Writers Festival event, as part of Perth International Arts Festival.

Franzen released his fourth novel, Freedom, to wide acclaim from critics and readers alike in 2010. That same year, he appeared on the cover of Time magazine alongside the headline, ‘Great American Novelist’.

His latest book, Purity (2015), is a dark-hued story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity and murder. Within its pages is a cast of vividly original characters whose paths intertwine across landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes.

Franzen’s work includes four other novels, two collections of essays, a personal history and a translation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening. His 2001 title, The Corrections, earned him a National Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, was a finalist in the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Franzen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Künste and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

About Purity

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland and that her relationship with her mother – her only family – is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name or how she can ever have a normal life.

Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organisation that traffics in all the secrets of the world – including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the run in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.
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