Monika Zgustová’ - Dressed for a Dance in the Snow
Decatur Library Auditorium
March 19, 2020, 7:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for and evening with Monika Zgustová, as she discusses her book Dressed for a Dance in the Snow, which is a poignant and unexpectedly inspirational account of women’s suffering and resilience in Stalin’s forced labor camps, diligently transcribed in the kitchens and living rooms of nine survivors. The pain inflicted by the gulags has cast a long and dark shadow over Soviet-era history. Zgustová’s collection of interviews with former female prisoners not only chronicles the hardships of the camps, but also serves as testament to the power of beauty in face of adversity. These stories, collected in the vein of Svetlana Alexievich’s Nobel Prize-winning oral histories, turn one of the darkest periods of the Soviet era into a song of human perseverance, in a way that reads as an intimate family history. Monika Zgustova is an award-winning author (Amat Piniella Award for the best novel of the year, Gratias Agit, and The City of Barcelona awards among others) whose works (six novels, a volume of short stories, two plays, a biography and a dictionary) have been translated into nine languages. She was born in Prague. In the 1970s and 1980s, she studied comparative literature in the United States at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. She then moved to Barcelona, where she writes for El Pais and La Vanguardia. As a translator of Czech and Russian literature into Spanish and Catalan–-including the writing of Havel, Kundera, Hrabal, Hasek, Dostoevsky, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, and Babel–-Zgustova is credited with bringing major twentieth-century writers into Spain. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase and have signed. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.