Romance Languages and Literatures

CANCELLED----Pola Oloixarac­—Savage Theories with Victoria Saramago

WhenFebruary 22, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
WhereOff Campus (see description)
Contact InformationCenter for Latin American Studies
DescriptionPola Oloixarac is a fiction writer and essayist. Her novels, Savage Theories and Dark Constellations, have been translated into seven languages. Her writing has appeared in n+1, The White Review, The New York Times, and Granta, which named her to its list of Best Young Spanish Novelists. She wrote the libretto for the opera Hercules in Mato Grosso, which debuted at Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón and was staged at New York City’s Dixon Place. Savage Theories is her first novel to appear in English, in 2017.

About the book: Rosa Ostreech, a pseudonym for the novel’s beautiful but self-conscious narrator, carries around a trilingual edition of Aristotle’s "Metaphysics," struggles with her thesis on violence and culture, sleeps with a bourgeois former guerrilla, and pursues her elderly professor with a highly charged blend of eroticism and desperation. Elsewhere on campus, Pabst and Kamtchowsky tour the underground scene of Buenos Aires, dabbling in ketamine, group sex, video games, and hacking. And in Africa in 1917, a Dutch anthropologist named Johan van Vliet begins work on a theory that explains human consciousness and civilization by reference to our early primate ancestors—animals, who, in the process of becoming human, spent thousands of years as prey.

"Savage Theories" wryly explores fear and violence, war and sex, eroticism and philosophy. Its complex and flawed characters grapple with a mess of impossible, visionary theories, searching for their place in our fragmented digital world.

About the author: Pola Oloixarac is a writer, journalist, and translator. She studied philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires and has contributed articles for various publications including "The New York Times," "The Telegraph," "Rolling Stone," "Folha de São Paulo," "Revista Clarín," and others. In 2010, she was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young Spanish Novelists and she is the recipient of a literary award from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes. Her bestselling first novel, "Savage Theories" (Las teorías salvajes, 2008), has been translated in French, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, and English.

About the interlocutor: Victoria Saramago is an assistant professor at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. She is the author of "O duplo do pai: o filho e a ficção de Cristovão Tezza," and a number of articles and essays published in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. She is currently working on a book-length project on mimesis and environmentalism in 20th-century Latin American fiction.

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