PEN World Voices: Péter Esterházy & Wayne Koestenbaum in Conversation
Born in Budapest, in 1950, Péter Esterházy is one of the best-known contemporary Hungarian writers, and his work stands with some of the greats of postwar literature. His novel, Revised Edition, was born from the shock he received when he discovered that his father was an informer for the Hungarian secret police during the Communist era. He'll talk about family secrets with Wayne Koestenbaum whose poetry titles include Best Selling Jewish Porn Films and The Milk of Inquiry, the novel, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and six nonfiction books including Hotel Theory and Andy Warhol.
Morgan Meis, founding member and President of Flux Factory Inc., will introduce the conversation.
Péter Esterházy was born in Budapest. He is the author of A Little Hungarian Pornography, She Loves Me, and Celestial Harmonies. He has received many honors, notably the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Prize at the Literary Festival in Rome and the Peace Prize at the German Book Trade at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Wayne Koestenbaum's publications include the nonfiction books Andy Warhol, The Queen's Throat, and Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars and Aesthetics; the novel Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and the poetry collections Model Homes, The Milk of Inquiry, Rhapsodies of a Repeat Offender, and Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems. His most recent book is Hotel Theory. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center and a Visiting Professor in the Painting Department of the Yale School of Art.