War In Your Backyard: Peter Zilahy, Ivan Vidak, & Ivan Sršen

Friday, September 29, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032



Join us for an evening with authors Peter Zilahy, Ivan Vidak, & Ivan Sršen where they will discuss war in your backyard. The American experience with war is removed—it is something that happens “over there.” But in Europe, armed conflicts have flared up across the continent for centuries, and continue on to this day. How do contemporary European authors confront this reality? How do their fictions serve as both history lessons and warnings about what the future can hold?

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees are required to remain masked at all times. 

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.


Peter Zilahy's award-winning books have been adapted into theater shows, radio plays, and a wealth of other media, and inspired songs and flash mobs during the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, where The Last Window-Giraffe was Book of the Year. Zilahy is a versatile artist, whose work has been shown at The Kitchen in New York City, Ludwig Museum, Berliner Ensemble, Volksbühne, and The New Tretyakov Gallery, among others. He has performed on Broadway, lectured all over the world, was a Kluge Fellow at The Library of Congress, and a fellow of Akademie Solitude, handpicked by Nobel laureate Herta Müller. Zilahy joined Anthony Bourdain in Budapest for an episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown.

Ivan Vidak is the author of the novel Radio Siga and the short story collection Ugljik na suncu (Carbon in the Sun). Radio Siga was praised by Publishers Weekly and Words Without Borders, and was the June 2022 Official Du Mois Selection. Vidak lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

Ivan Sršen is an editor, translator, and writer. In 2007, he started the Zagreb-based independent publisher Sandorf. He is the author of the novel Harmattan and edited the anthology Zagreb Noir. He has translated a wide range of authors from English to Croatian, including Frank Zappa, Henry Rollins, and Robert Graves. He lives in Zagreb, Croatia.


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Radio Siga By Matt Robinson (Translated by), Ivan Vidak Cover Image
By Matt Robinson (Translated by), Ivan Vidak
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ISBN: 9789533513706
Published: Sandorf Passage - May 24th, 2022

The Last Window-Giraffe By Tim Wilkinson (Translated by), Peter Zilahy, Marina Abramovic (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Tim Wilkinson (Translated by), Peter Zilahy, Marina Abramovic (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9789533514352
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Published: Sandorf Passage - September 5th, 2023