February 17: Two Voices Salon with Karen Emmerich [EVENT]

emmerichOn February 17 it will be our honor to host the person who just might be the English-language’s pre-eminent Greek translator: Karen Emmerich.

We will undoubtedly talk about some of Karen’s dozen-plus full-length projects (and innumerable stories, articles, and poems), but the main topic that night will be her new title, The Scapegoat. Publishing on February 3 from Melville House Books, it is by the Greek author Sofia Nikolaidou, who has never before been translated into English.

The Scapegoat is a potent novel about journalism, how history is recorded, and the contemporary situation in Greece today. It is based on the real-life story of the famed reporter George Polk (who eventually had a prestigious journalism award named after him).

This Salon will take place at the Two Lines Press offices on Tuesday, February 17, starting at 6:00 pm. As always, we’ll begin the conversation with the latest and greatest in translation, then move on to the main event. Alcoholic beverages and snacks will be provided.

  • Tuesday, February 17
  • Two Lines Press offices
  • 582 Market St., Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Free food and drinks

Here is Melville House’s description of the book:

In 1948, the body of an American journalist is found floating in the bay off Thessaloniki. A Greek journalist is tried and convicted for the murder . . . but when he’s released twelve years later, he claims his confession was the result of torture.

Flash forward to modern day Greece, where a young, disaffected high school student is given an assignment for a school project: find the truth.

Based on the real story of famed CBS reporter George Polk—journalism’s prestigious Polk Awards were named after him—who was investigating embezzlement of U.S. aid by the right-wing Greek government, Nikolaidou’s novel is a sweeping saga that brings together the Greece of the post-war period with the current era, where the country finds itself facing turbulent political times once again.

Told by key players in the story—the dashing journalist’s Greek widow; the mother and sisters of the convicted man; the brutal Thessaloniki Chief of Police; a U.S. Foreign Office investigator—it is the modern-day student who is most affecting of them all, as he questions truth, justice and sacrifice . . . and how the past is always with us.

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