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Words from a Wider World: Julián Fuks

Words from a Wider World: Julián Fuks

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Julián Fuks, one of Brazil’s rising literary talents, has won or been nominated for a clutch of prestigious prizes and seen his work translated into more than 10 languages. His novel, Resistance, is an examination of family, identity, belonging and different forms of exile; his new novel, Occupation (translated by Daniel Hahn) is published later this year. A kind of kind of sequel to Resistance, and his second book to appear in English, it’s narrative alternates between the writer’s conversations with refugees occupying a building in downtown São Paulo, his father’s sickness, and his wife’s pregnancy.

In this conversation, Julián Fuks discusses how the past year in Brazil has affected his own life and writing and how the terrible death toll has affected his fellow citizens.

Julián was born in São Paulo in 1981 and is the son of Argentinian parents.

This event is also part of the Folkestone Book Festival Digital Pass. By booking a Digital Pass you'll be able to access all the talks and events and revisit anything you missed for up to a week after the festival.


This is one beautiful book.
- Mia Couto on Occupation

This event will be chaired by Boyd Tonkin. Boyd Tonkin is a writer, editor and critic who in 2020 was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s annual Benson Medal for outstanding service to literature. His writing on literature and arts currently appears in international media including The Economist, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator. As Literary Editor and then Senior Writer of The Independent, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and judged it 2001-2015. He chaired the Man Booker International Prize 2016 and then became the prize’s Special Adviser. His reader’s guide to global fiction, The 100 Best Novels in Translation, appeared in 2018.

This year the Festival will be presented online and in person wherever possible and in line with the latest government guidance. You can find more information about the Festival here.

This event is a Folkestone Book Festival screened event at Quarterhouse. Speakers will be streamed live from their homes to our auditorium for a limited audience. All events can also be enjoyed online as part of our Digital Pass. By booking a Digital Pass you’ll be able to access all the talks and events and revisit anything you missed for up to a week after the festival. Buy a Digital Pass here.

Creative Folkestone Book Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of our funders and partners. We are proud to welcome the return of NewsNow as our Principal Partner for the Creative Folkestone Book Festival.


Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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Quarterhouse Live Streaming £3.00 / £2.70
Streamed as part Book Festival Digital Pass

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