Thu 10 Sep

BRIAN DILLON, KATHARINA VOLCKMER, FRANK WYNNE

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Fitzcarraldo Editions and Bold Tendencies celebrate the release of King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne, The Appointment by Katharina Volckmer and Suppose a Sentence by Brian Dillon.

The evening will present readings from King Kong Theory by Wynne - originally published in French in 2006 - and from Volckmer and Dillon’s new publications. Copies of each publication will be available to purchase on the night.

The event will take place in our unique covered spaces. The downstairs concert bar will be open for ticket holders from 6pm and after the event has finished.


Brian Dillon is a writer and critic. His books include Objects in This Mirror, Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives, In the Dark Room and Essayism. Brian Dillon will read from Suppose a Sentence, a critical and personal reflection on the art of the sentence in literature. It is both an experiment in the attentive form of the essay – asking what happens, and where one might wander, when as readers and writers we pay minute attention to the language before us – and a polemic for certain kinds of experiment in prose.

‘Dillon has brilliantly reinvented the commonplace book in this witty, erudite, and addictively readable guide to the sentences that have stayed with him over the years.’ — Jenny Offill, author of Weather

Katharina Volckmer was born in Germany in 1987 and lives in London, where she works for a literary agency. She will read from her audacious debut novel, The Appointment. In a well-appointed examination in London, a young woman unburdens herself to a certain Dr Seligman. Though she can barely see above his head, she holds forth about her life and desires, and her struggles with her sexuality and identity. In a monologue that is both razor-sharp and subversively funny, she takes us on a wide-ranging journey from outré sexual fantasies and overbearing mothers to the medicinal properties of squirrel tails and the enduring legacy of shame.

‘Surprising, inventive, disturbing and beautiful – The Appointment is an overdue, radical intervention.’ — Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick

Frank Wynne is an award-winning translator from French and Spanish. He has translated works by authors including Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Modiano, Jean-Baptiste Del Amo and Carlos Manuel Álvarez. Powerful, provocative and personal, he will read from his new translation of King Kong Theory, a candid account of how the author of Baise-moi came to be Virginie Despentes. Drawing from personal experience, Despentes shatters received ideas about rape and prostitution, and explodes common attitudes towards sex and gender.

‘I can think of almost no book I’ve enjoyed in recent years as much as King Kong Theory.’ – Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

Readings presented by Fitzcarraldo Editions live at Bold Tendencies

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