Friday, March 6, 2015
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (420 W 118th St.)
Please join the Harriman Institute and the East Central European Center for a conversation with Vladimir Pistalo, author of Tesla: A Portrait with Masks.
Pistalo's biographical novel about acclaimed Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla delves beyond Tesla's professional contributions, focusing on his early life and high-profile events that influenced his career.
Vladimir Pištalo was born in Sarajevo in 1960. He studied law in Belgrade and Sarajevo and received a PhD in American history from the University of New Hampshire. Pištalo’s first story came out in a literary magazine when he was eighteen, and his first book was published when he was twenty-one. Since that time, he has published eleven books of fiction. Tesla: A Portrait with Masks, his first book to be translated into English, won the 2008 NIN Literary Award, the most prestigious award in Serbia, and has appeared in ten languages. He teaches US and world history at Becker College in Massachusetts.
“Much has been written about Nikolai Tesla, but Vladimir Pištalo’s extraordinary and profoundly original novel manages to tell us something entirely new—not only about the brilliant ‘mad-genius’ inventor but also about the ways in which literature and the imagination can transform
biography into great art.”—Francine Prose
“A novel aflame with the energy of a singular life. . . . Pištalo’s potent imagination allows him to see beyond the events into Tesla’s tortured heart, exposing the proud visionary’s existential fears and his strange delusions. . . . Thanks to talented translators, English-speaking readers now share a prize-winning Serbian masterpiece.”—Booklist, starred review
This event is sponsored by the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language & Culture at Columbia University.