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Former LLCB Fellow Peter Filkins on H. G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds, moderator Eric Banks

MAR 14, 2019 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

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March 14, 2019: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM






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Former Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellow Peter Filkins on H. G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds, moderator Eric Banks. 

The biography of H.G. Adler (1910-88) is the story of a survivor of Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and two other concentration camps who not only lived through the greatest cataclysm of the 20th century, but someone who also devoted his literary and scholarly career to telling the story of those who perished in over two dozen books of fiction, poetry, history, sociology, and religion. And yet for much of his life he remained almost entirely unknown. A writer's writer, a scholar of seminal, pioneering works on the Holocaust, a renowned radio essayist in postwar Germany, a last representative of the Prague Circle of literature headed by Kafka, a key contributor to the prosecution in the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Adler was a man of his time whose times lived through him. His is the story of many others, but also one that is singularly his own.

Eric Banks is a writer and editor and the director of the New York Insitute for the Humanities. A former senior editor of Artforum, Banks relaunched Bookforumin 2003 and served as the publication’s editor in chief until 2008. From 2011 to 2013, Banks served as president of the National Book Critics Circle and is a two-term member of the NBCC board of directors as well as chair or past chair of its award committees on Biography and Criticism.