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An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence: Dana Grigorcea and Alta L. Price

March 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0

Green Apple Books on the Park | 1231 9th Avenue | San Francisco, CA

Swiss-Romanian writer Dana Grigorcea and translator Alta L. Price discuss An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence.

An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence (Seagull Books) is the stunning second novel from Swiss-Romanian writer Dana Grigorcea and translated by Alta L. Price. With humor and wit, An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence describes a world full of myriad surprises where new and old cultures weave together—a world bursting with character and spirit.Victoria has just recently moved from Zurich back to her hometown of Bucharest when the bank where she works is robbed. Put on leave so that she can process the trauma of the robbery, Victoria strolls around town. Each street triggers sudden visions as memories from her childhood under the Ceausescu regime begin to mix with the radically changed city and the strange world in which she now finds herself. As the walls of reality begin to crumble, Victoria and her former self cross paths with the bank robber and a rich cast of characters, weaving a vivid portrait of Romania and one woman’s self-discovery.

Leslie-Ann Woofter


Dana Grigorcea is a Swiss-Romanian essayist, novelist, and children’s book author. Her debut novel, Baba Rada, won the Swiss Literary Pearl. She lives in Zürich.
Alta L. Price runs a publishing consultancy specialized in literature and nonfiction texts on art, architecture, design, and culture. A recipient of the Gutekunst Prize, she translates from Italian and German into English, and is currently shortlisted for The Peirene Stevns Translation Prize. Her latest book translations include Corrado Augias’s The Secrets of Italy, Jürgen Holstein’s The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic, and Martin Mosebach’s The 21. Her work has appeared on BBC Radio 4, 3 Quarks Daily, Maharam Stories, Trafika Europe, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She is a member of ALTA, PEN, the Third Coast Translators Collective, and Cedilla & Co.


March 21, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
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