A Conversation and Q & A with Charles King, Georgetown University Professor and Best-Selling Author of
Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams
N.B. from Pamela: This is a brilliant book - accessible, beautifully written with style and verve, and filled with rich history and compelling storytelling. My recommendation: don't miss this event. Advance reading of the book is not required.
Odessa - The story of one of Europe’s great cosmopolitan cities — home to many nationalities and religions — and its descent into the heart of darkness during the Holocaust.
[Odessa] begins as an evocative celebration of the port on the Black Sea, but it unfolds as an elegy, a moving and lyrical epitaph to what was and what is… Rich and riveting, complex and compelling, powerful and poetic.
Peter M. Gianotti, Newsday
Scholarly and fascinating … King relates all these horrors with calm and sorrowful restraint.
Jan Morris, Literary Review
Engaging and highly enjoyable … King brings a travel writer’s gift for clear prose and keen observation to history.
Matthew Kaminsky, Daily Beast
[A] finely written and evocative portrait of the city… It is [the] detail, coupled with a fine feel for the sweep of history, that make this book a worthy tribute to one of Europe’s greatest and least-known cities.
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Charles King is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Gods of the Upper Air, which received the Francis Parkman Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times History Prize, and the British Academy’s Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding. His other books include Odessa, winner of a National Jewish Book Award, and Midnight at the Pera Palace.
Translations have appeared in French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages. He lectures widely on international affairs and has worked with major broadcast media such as CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, the History Channel, and MTV. King’s articles and commentary have been published in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, and The Times Literary Supplement, as well as in leading academic journals.
He is professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University, where he has served as chair of both the Department of Government and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the world’s premier school of global affairs.