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Alvaro Enrigue

Alvaro Thursday, November 29
4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library, University at Albany Uptown Campus

Free and open to the public.

Alvaro Enrigue’s newest novel is Sudden Death (2016), about a 16th century tennis match and battle of ideas between the Italian artist Caravaggio and Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo.

Salman Rushdie called Sudden Death “The best new novel I’ve read this year” and the novel was reviewed in the New York Times in March 2016:

"In no particular order, Sudden Death concerns: the tale of four tennis balls made from the hair of a beheaded Anne Boleyn; a fictional tennis match between the Italian painter Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo; Cortés’s conquest of Mexico; and the history of various ball games. It also includes a few emails purporting to be an exchange between the author and an editor in Spain, as well as references to Thomas More’s “Utopia,” Galileo and the Aztec emperor Cuauhtémoc. And there’s a dialogue featuring Pope Pius IV. What isn’t Enrigue’s novel about?"

Enrigue also discussed Sudden Death in an NPR interview in 2016:

"On the similarities between the game of tennis and history's empires There is this brutal side to tennis. It was invented as a game for kings and cardinals and people with a lot of power who didn't have to share the field with other players. But there is, too, this brutality of the loneliness of the tennis player that I was interested in using as a metaphor of the brutalities of the lives of the people who gave us the modern world, no? The people involved in the tennis game in the novel are the people that I think [of] as the founding fathers and mothers of the world we live in."

Presented In collaboration with the Department of World Languages and Cultures of the College of Saint Rose.

For more information, call 518-442-5620.