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Fall Festival of Authors: David Bajo, Law School Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Law School Auditorium
Nov 13, 2008
David Bajo’s debut novel, The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri, was published in 2008 in the US and will appear in ten other countries in 2009. The Los Angeles Times says “Bajo uses words and equations to the point of poetry, particularly when he evokes the world created by Cervantes.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune says of Irma Arcuri: “The book invokes the metaphysical spirit of authors Bajo clearly admires -- Borges, Kundera, Cervantes, to name a few -- and it's loaded with intertextual high jinks, doppelgangers, artistic and carnal seduction and elegant mathematical equations. Think of it as Eastern European beach reading: a sexy book that's about everything, yet above all about the act (Act? Art!) of reading itself.” And The Providence Journal describes his work as “mystical, sensual and finally haunting . . . demanding a second reading, an intimate de-coding, a search for revelations, epiphanies, secrets, a sorcerer’s stone.” Bajo is an assistant professor of creative writing at The University of South Carolina. He has published several short stories and has also worked as a journalist and translator.