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The Love of Singular Men: James Young and Sophie Lewis

The Love of Singular Men: James Young and Sophie Lewis

Weds 28th June 2023, Foyles Charing Cross Road

The Love of Singular Men: James Young and Sophie Lewis

The first of Victor Heringer’s two brief novels to appear in English, The Love of Singular Men is a tender and complex account of first love and loss, exquisitely translated from Portuguese by James Young. Young will be joined by fellow translator Sophie Lewis for an evening of discussion about Heringer’s work chaired by writer Toby Litt.

Set in seventies Rio de Janeiro, The Love of Singular Men traces the relationship of Camilo and Cosme as the two teenage boys discover a new kind of tenderness. But an act of violence shatters their intimate world, and changes the trajectory of their young lives.

Victor Heringer was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1988. His first poetry collection, Automatógrafo, was published in 2011, followed by his debut novel, Glória, which won the 2013 Jabuti Prize. His second novel, The Love of Singular Men, was published in 2016, and was shortlisted for the São Paulo Prize for Literature, the Rio Prize and the Oceanos Prize. In 2017 he was selected by Forbes for their ‘under 30’ list. Victor Heringer died in 2018, three weeks before his thirtieth birthday.

James Young is a translator and writer from Northern Ireland and the winner of the 2022 Peirene Stevns Prize. His short stories have appeared in publications including Wasafiri, ShortFiction and The Honest Ulsterman, and been shortlisted for the 2019 Wasafiri New Writing Prize, the 2020 Fish Short Story Prize and the 2021 Bath Short Story Award. The Love of Singular Men is his first novel-length translation.

Sophie Lewis is a literary editor and translator from French and Portuguese into English. Her translation of Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait was shortlisted for the Scott Moncrieff and Republic of Consciousness prizes in 2018.

Toby Litt is a novelist and critic. His books include Wrestliana, Patience and, most recently, A Writer’s Diary, published by Galley Beggar in 2023. He is a Reader in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College.

Doors will open from 6:45pm.

Tickets: £8 General Admission / £16 Book and Ticket, inc. a copy of The Love of Singular Men (RRP. £12.99) Venue: The Auditorium (Level 6) at Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road Please note that the Auditorium at Foyles is fully accessible from the Ground floor lifts.