Word Works: Ruth Ozeki


Washington Hall (map) Central District
Fri Feb 23, 7-9 pm

Recommended by Paul Constant

In her novel A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki performed some next-level Being John Malkovich–style narrative judo flips. There are so many threads in the book—a journal written by a bullied Japanese teenager, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a novelist named Ruth who eerily resembles Ozeki—that a lesser novelist would have turned in a tangled mess of knotted twine. But Ozeki demonstrates the metafictional gift of a Vonnegut or a Kundera, the ability to insert herself into her novel and in so doing transform the personal into the universal.

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Washington Hall

153 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98122

Event Times
  • Fri Feb 23, 7-9 pm
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