Live Stream: Gábor T. Szántó and Paul Olchváry discuss the anthology, And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again

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We're excited to discuss this rich, eye-opening, and uplifting anthology in which Gábor T. Szántó, Paul Olchváry, and dozens of other esteemed writers, poets, artists, and translators from more than thirty countries send literary dispatches from life during the pandemic. A portion of proceeds benefit booksellers in need through BINC.

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About And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again: Writers from Around the World on the COVID-19 Pandemic 

As our world is transformed by the coronavirus pandemic, writers offer a powerful antidote to the fearful confines of isolation: a window onto lives and corners of the world beyond our own. In Mauritius, a journalist contends with denialism and mourns the last days of summer, lost to the lockdown. In Paris, a writer struggles to protect his young son from fear. In Chile, protesters who prevailed against tear gas and rubber bullets are now halted by a virus. In Queens, after thirteen-hour shifts in the ER, a doctor dons running shoes and makes the long jog home. And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again takes its title from the last line of Dante's Inferno, when the poet and his guide emerge from hell to once again behold the beauty of the heavens. In that spirit, the stories, essays, poems, and artwork in this collection--from beloved authors including Jhumpa Lahiri, Mario Vargas Llosa, Eavan Boland, Daniel Alarcón, Jon Lee Anderson, Claire Messud, Ariel Dorfman, and many more--detail the harrowing experiences of life in the pandemic, while pointing toward a less isolated future. Together they comprise a profound global portrait of the defining moment of our time, and send a clarion call for solidarity across borders. Our literary culture depends on bookstores--and those irreplaceable sources of conversation and community, of inspiration and solace, have been decimated by the lockdown. Net proceeds from And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, which helps the passionate booksellers we readers depend upon.

Gábor T. Szántó (1966, Budapest) novelist, essayist, editor-in-chief of Szombat (, Hungarian Jewish Magazine. Author of several novels and collections of short stories some of which have also been published in Germany, Russia, Turkey, and is coming out soon in Italy, China and the Czech Republic. His short story Homecoming, 1945 has been developed into the feature film 1945 that Szántó was one of the screenwriters of. The film won 20 international prizes and was sold to 40 countries.

Paul Olchváry has translated more than ten books from Hungarian, including György Dragomán's novel The White King (Houghton Mifflin) and Károly Pap's novel Azarel (Steerforth), and has received translation awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN America, and Hungary's Milán Füst Foundation. His shorter translations have appeared in The Paris Review, The Hungarian Quarterly, and turnrow. A native of Amherst, New York, he lives both in Kismaros, Hungary, and various reaches of the American Northeast.

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And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again: Writers from Around the World on the Covid-19 Pandemic Cover Image
By Ilan Stavans (Editor)
ISBN: 9781632063021
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Published: Restless Books - August 25th, 2020