Castle of the Stranger; A Reading and Response with Ana Menéndez


Ana Menéndez

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When her tenant abruptly dies, the narrator of Ana Menéndez's new novel turns to neighbors in her South Beach apartment block for details about his life. Instead of answers, she discovers only more stories of loss and alienation. Ana Menéndez read from the new, unpublished work and discussed the fragmentary form, the meaning of community, and how we care and don't for those closest to us. With special guest respondent Ana Luszczynska, professor of Latinx Literature and chair of FIU's Department of English.

Cuando su inquilino murió repentinamente, la narradora de la nueva novela de Ana Menéndez acudió a los vecinos de su apartamento en South Beach para obtener más detalles sobre su vida. En lugar de respuestas, ella solo descubrió más historias de pérdida y alienación. Ana Menéndez leyó la nueva obra inédita y discutió la forma fragmentaria, el significado de la comunidad y cómo nos preocupamos y dejamos de preocuparnos por los más cercanos a nosotros. Con respondedora invitada Ana Luszczynska, profesora de literatura latinx y presidente del Departamento de Inglés de FIU.

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