"P. S. It is better to be among the persecuted than among the persecutors. The last line of Danilo Kiš's novel Hourglass quotes an ancient Jewish text. But being among the persecuted is terrible, so how can it be better? This paradox runs in European thought from Plato to the present. Kiš's writing is haunted by ethical questions of integrity and complicity. His fiction and essays help to explain the history of our time - and the destruction of his native land in the 1990s."
The Nanovic Institute for European Studies awarded Mark Thompson the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies for his book, Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš. A. James McAdams, director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, praised the book as “an extraordinarily imaginative book that shows us how biography can provide a lens into understanding major historical crises.”
Thompson will accept the award and present a lecture entitled "Socrates in Bosnia" on Tuesday, September 27th at 5:00 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.
Free and open to the public.
The event will also be live-streamed here.