Your Working Boy raved about the newly translated Russian novel Laurus to his pal Eric Metaxas, who read the book and loved it so much that he invited author Evgeny (Eugene) Vodolazkin to dinner in Manhattan on Monday night. That’s them above. On Tuesday, EV will be in the studio with Eric for two radio shows. Listen live here at EricMetaxas.com from 2 to 4 ET, but if you can’t, the show will be archived there.
If you haven’t seen my short review of Laurus, check it out here. And if you missed my interview with Vodolazkin, that transcript is here.
And hey, New York readers, EV and translator Lisa Hayden will be at the wonderful independent shop Book Court, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on Tuesday night at 7. Details here. Go! My Florence traveling companion Casella went on Monday afternoon to hear EV’s lecture, and said it was terrific. “I finished Laurus this morning on the train ride into Grand Central,” Casella e-mailed. “This was truly a beautiful novel.” Evgeny signed it for him. If you are in NYC and have even the slightest interest in Laurus, I urge you strongly to go to the bookstore and hear him, meet him, and buy a copy for him to sign. Trust me, when you’re done with the book, the fact that the author’s signature is in your copy will make it a special treasure.
By ROD DREHER “The American Conservative“