Live Stream: Robert Croll and Carlos Fonseca in Conversation

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Join Robert Croll and Carlos Fonseca to discuss Croll's translations of Ricardo Piglia and Fonseca's new book, Natural History. This virtual event is free but registration is required. Please click here to register. Registrants will receive an email on the day of the event with the link and password required to attend. Like most of our events, this event is free. If you decide to attend and to purchase the authors' books, we ask that you purchase from Malaprop's. When you do this you are supporting our work and keeping more dollars in our community. If you would like to support us without purchasing a book, you may purchase a gift card or make a donation of any amount. Thank you!

Fonseca and Croll are also contributors to the anthology And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again, in which dozens of esteemed writers, poets, artists, and translators from more than thirty countries send literary dispatches from life during the pandemic. You may also be interested in our September 10th event with anthology contributors Gábor T. Szántó and Paul Olchváry.

About Natural History:

In the mid-1990s, Emilio Renzi leaves behind his unstable life in Argentina to take a visiting position at a prestigious university in New Jersey. Settling in for a semester of academic quietude and wintry isolation, he is surprised to be swept up in a secret romance with his colleague, the brilliant and enigmatic Ida Brown. But their clandestine relationship comes to an abrupt end when Ida is discovered in her car, killed in what appears to be a tragic accident. Discontented with the police's lackluster inquiries, and troubled by the inexplicable burn found on her hand, Renzi begins his own investigation. Renzi's suspicions are piqued as details emerge about a bizarre string of attacks, apparently targeting scientists and researchers. But after a radical manifesto appears in the press threatening continued violence, the killer's identity is suddenly revealed. As he delves deeper into Ida Brown's past, Renzi discovers a link between her and the terrorist that sets him on a path of no return: he must discover once and for all whether her death was part of a larger pattern and, if so, whether she was a victim or accomplice. Renzi's quest for truth reveals not only the secrets of his former lover, but also reveals a darker side of humanity that will force him to confront the systems and culture that could produce such a misguided killer. A bracing critique of American culture and an exploration of privacy and politics in an era of rapid technological advancement, Piglia's signature blend of autobiography and fiction is in full effect in this intriguing twist on the detective novel.


Ricardo Piglia (Buenos Aires, 1940-2017), professor emeritus of Princeton University, is unanimously considered a classic of contemporary Spanish-language literature. He published five novels, including Artificial Respiration, The Absent City, and Target in the Night, as well as collections of stories and criticism. Among the numerous prizes he received were the Premio de la Crítica, Premio Rómulo Gallegos, Premio Bartolomé March, Premio Casa de las Américas, Premio José Donoso, and Premio Formentor de las Letras.

Robert Croll is a writer, translator, musician, and artist originally from Asheville, North Carolina. He first came to translation during his undergraduate studies at Amherst College, where he focused particularly on the short fiction of Julio Cortázar.

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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

Natural History: A Novel Cover Image
By Carlos Fonseca, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374216306
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 14th, 2020

The Way Out Cover Image
By Ricardo Piglia, Robert Croll (Translator)
ISBN: 9781632062208
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Published: Restless Books - August 18th, 2020