American authors Philipp Meyer and Patrick Flanery offer a glimpse of the corrupted American Dream
- Ashley Welling
- 1 August 2013
This article is from 2013
The pair appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 event As Dreams Become Nightmares
In an event intriguingly titled As Dreams Become Nightmares, American writers Philipp Meyer and Patrick Flanery team up to discuss their latest novels. Both books, Flanery's Fallen Land and Meyer's The Son, examine the American Dream and its darker intricacies – a similarity that Flanery describes as only one of the reasons he feels his piece will work well in discussion alongside Meyer's.
'I am reading Meyer's book at the moment and immediately see interesting ways in which The Son and Fallen Land might potentially be placed in conversation,' says Flanery. 'Superficially, both are concerned with land and the complex dynamics of inheritance (not only in terms of property) across generations of a single family. More interestingly from my perspective, both books are attentive to language, to the ways in which words accrue meaning over time, and in Meyer's case, with the recuperation of language that has been forgotten.'
EIBF director Nick Barley has highlighted Meyer as 'one to watch', and we predict that tickets will sell out fast.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 10 Aug, 6.45pm, £10 (£8).