15.07.2015 - Rachel Kushner

On July 15th the international bestselling author Rachel Kushner will be at BorderKitchen. She will be interviewed about her novel The Flamethrowers: the book made it to the final of the National Book Award and was named one of the five best books of the year by The New York Times. It also sparked her international breakthrough. The author will be interviewed by Joni Zwart.

The year is 1975 and Reno has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world, artists are blurring the line between life and art. Reno begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro’s family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the seventies. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.
‘Scintillatingly alive…It ripples with stories, anecdotes, set-piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures… It manifests itself as a pure explosion of now: it catches us in its mobile, flashing present, which is the living reality it conjures on the page at the moment we are reading…[Kushner’s] novel is an achievement…it succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive.’ – The New Yorker
For her first novel Telex From Cuba Rachel Kushner (1968) was nominated for a National Book Award. The Flamethrowers is her second novel. Kushner’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review and The Believer. In 2013 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
The Flamethrowers was published in Dutch as De vlammenwerpers by publisher Atlas Contact, in a translation by Lidwien Biekmann and Maaike Bijnsdorp.