5/29: The Game for Real Launch at Diesel Books [EVENT]


Bay Area! Are you ready to get real? Are you ready for The Game for Real???

We are bringing you the amazing Benjamin Paloff to the glorious Diesel Books in Oakland, CA, to talk about and read from Two Lines Press’s The Game for Real by Richard Weiner. Please join us for some of the most ridiculously amazing Czech prose you have ever heard and many, many alcoholic beverages, all in one of the best bookstores the East Bay has to offer. These are the details:

  • The Game for Real Launch event
  • Diesel Books
  • 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
  • 7:30 pm
  • FREE

The Game for Real is the first of Richard Weiner’s books to ever be translated into English. Called “The Man of Pain” by the sci-fi author Karel Čapek (who popularized the word robot), Richard Weiner is one of European literature’s best-kept secrets. Often compared to both Robert Walser and Kafka, Weiner was a modernist who wrote with the Surrealists, and he did most of his writing in between World War I and World War II in Paris.

He was the first Eastern European writer ever to discuss World War I in a novel, and he was also one of the first-ever readers of Proust, reviewing each of the volumes for the prestigious Czech magazine Lidové noviny, long before they were translated into Czech. In the Czech Republic Weiner is widely considered a classic author, and, although he was neglected during the reign of Communism in the Eastern Bloc, his presence has steadily grown since the fall of Communism in 1989.

PEN America has called The Game for Real, “the crowning achievement of Richard Weiner’s career and one of the most powerful works of Czech Modernist literature,” and it has lauded Benjamin’s translation “masterful.”

Please join us for what promises to be an amazing event! Get real with us!!!

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