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Ilya Kaminsky, CLSC Author, Deaf Republic

Thursday, July 25, 2019
03:30pm

Location Hall of Philosophy

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center; (716) 357-6250

Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, heroically teaching signing by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Dancing in Odessa and the coeditor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (with Susan Harris). Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union and lost most of his hearing at the age of four after a doctor misdiagnosed mumps as a cold. His family was granted political asylum by the United States in 1993, and after his father’s death in 1994, Kaminsky began to write poems in English.

Note: Deaf Republic is available for pre-order now but will not be released until March 2019.

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