Discuss Shards with Portland-area alumni
- 9:00 PM
Thursday Sep 27, 2012
Hosted by Birtukan Cinnor '05
Join alumni to discuss Shards by Ismet Prcic. The discussion will be hosted by Birtukan Cinnor '05. If you plan to attend, please contact Birtukan via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, for directions.
Ismet Prcic’s debut novel is about a young Bosnian, also named Ismet Prcic, who has fled his war-torn homeland and is now struggling to reconcile his past with his present life in California. He is advised that in order to move forward he must “write everything.” The result is a great rattle bag of memories, confessions, and fictions: sweetly humorous recollections of Ismet’s childhood in Tuzla appear alongside anguished letters to his mother about the challenges of life in this new world. And as Ismet’s foothold in the present falls away, his writings are further complicated by stories from the point of view of another young man—real or imagined—named Mustafa, who joined a troop of elite soldiers and stayed in Bosnia to fight. When Mustafa’s story begins to overshadow Ismet’s New World identity, the reader is charged with piecing together the fragments of a life that has become eerily unrecognizable, even to the one living it. --www.ismetprcic.com
Contact: Birtukan Cinnor '05, email@example.com
This event is for: Alumni