Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer in conversation with Danniel Schoonebeek
March 22, 2016, 7:00 PM
Migration and immigration--legal and illegal--are the focus of La Superba, the first novel by acclaimed Dutch author Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer to find its way into English. A writer discovers a woman’s leg and sets off on a Rabelaisian quest through back alleys, brothels, seaports, and bars searching for “the most beautiful girl in Genoa.” Bizarre, yes, but La Superba is also a profound meditation on labor, poverty, suffering, and grace in postmodern Europe. Winner of the Libris Literatuurprijs, the Netherlands' most prestigious literary award, Pfeijffer’s masterpiece is, in the words of the Dutch Foundation for Literature, “a pocket guide to Dante’s Inferno.” In conversation with poet Danniel Schoonebeek.