"It is literature that allows us to retain our human conscience"
a stage with a view
It is hard to imagine America's intellectual scene without Daniel Mendelsohn. His views on subjects ranging from Greek tragedy to pop culture, from film to opera and from classical novels to contemporary history regularly appear in The New York Review of Books and in The New Yorker. In Waiting for the Barbarians. Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture (2012) he brings together twenty-four of his recent essays — each one glinting with verve and sparkle, acumen and passion. His epic narrative The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million was awarded the Prix Médicis étranger. The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity, an autobiographical book about his quest for the "grammar of identity", was named New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
To tie in with the opera house's staging of Mendelsohn's favourite opera Così fan tutte (Mozart), La Monnaie / De Munt and Passa Porta are offering you a rare opportunity to meet him live. In the Grand Foyer, he will talk to Annelies Beck about desire - in life, literature and the opera. With musical interludes (Mozart) by pianist Noémi Biro.
ORG Passa Porta, De Munt / La Monnaie