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The American University of Paris is delighted to welcome the editor and translator Lorin Stein to Paris for a series of events in March.

Stein has recently published Submission, his translation of the latest novel by the controversial French writer Michel Houellebecq. Submission, which was published in France in January 2015, at the start of a year of terrorist attacks on Paris, provocatively anticipates the “submission” of France to Islamic rule. It also blends three of Houellebecq’s literary hallmarks: pessimistic critique of society, dark humour and explicit sex.

Stein has also been editor of the American literary magazine The Paris Review since 2010. The Paris Review has been described as “the biggest little magazine in history” by Time magazine. Margaret Atwood called it: “One of the few truly essential literary magazines of the 20th century – and now the 21st”.

Stein was previously a senior editor at the Farrar, Straus and Giroux publishing house where he was responsible for publishing the work of writers including Jonathan Franzen, Jeffrey Eugenides and Robert Bolaño. Stein has also translated the work of Édouard Levé and Grégoire Bouillier.

Lorin Stein will be involved in the following three events, organised by the Department of Comparative Literature and English and the AUP Center for Writers and Translators:

On Monday, 14th March, at 15h20, Lorin Stein will talk about The Paris Review and his editing and translation work with a group of AUP students (students and faculty wishing to attend this event are advised to contact Professor Russell Williams since space is extremely limited: rwilliams@aup.edu).

On Tuesday 15th March, in room C-104, at 18h00, Lorin Stein will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Translating Houellebecq”, together with Russell Williams (AUP) and Nelly Kaprièlian, (Les Inrockuptibles). This panel will discuss the global reception, significance and challenges of Michel Houellebecq’s Submission. This event is open to all, although those looking to attend must register in advance by contacting rwilliams@aup.edu.

On Thursday 17th March, at 19h00, the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, in conjunction with the AUP Center for Writers and Translators will be hosting an event celebrating The Paris Review. This event is open to all and takes place at Shakespeare and Company, 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris. For more information see: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/20/events.

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