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Sigrid Nunez: What Are You Going Through

Fri 3 Sep, 8am

Available on demand from 8am, 3 Sep to midnight, 15 Sep

In characteristically genre-defying style, Sigrid Nunez‘s What Are You Going Through melds fiction and criticism to tell a powerful story of multiple endings: the end of a friendship, the end of a life, and the end of humanity itself. The follow-up to the American writer’s National Book Award–winning The Friend, it has been hailed a ‘gloriously meditative story’ that ‘[bursts] with wit, warmth, and human empathy’ (The Independent). She speaks with Astrid Edwards about the meaning of life, the nature of death, the power of art and the purpose of friendship.


1 hour


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Astrid Edwards is the chair of Melbourne Writers Festival. She also hosts two bookish podcasts, teaches writing at RMIT University, and serves on the Victorian Disability Advisory Council.

Sigrid Nunez has published eight novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, Salvation City, The Friend, and, most recently, What Are You Going Through. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Threepenny Review, Harper's, McSweeney's, Tin House, The Believer and The New Yorker.

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