Translator Angela Rodel presents “The Case of Cem” in conversation with Linda Kinstler

A Fulbright Bulgaria Literary Evening

Friday, February 9, 2024









February 9 at 6:30 PM


1621 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

Event kindly hosted by the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, DC

with Linda Kinstler

1621 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

February 9 at 6:30 PM

Since Fulbright Bulgaria was officially founded on February 9, 1993, the commission will host a post-discussion reception for all alumni and guests to celebrate our anniversary!

Wine provided by Fulbright Bulgaria

Angela Rodel with Linda Kinstler

Join translator Angela Rodel to discuss and celebrate the release of the Bulgarian classic The Case of Cem by Vera Mutafchieva. She will be in conversation with writer Linda Kinstler.

It’s 1481, and as seen from the centers of power in Rome and Venice, the cultures of Europe are under threat from the expansion of the Ottoman Empire. When the exalted Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror dies, his eldest son, Bayezid, takes the throne. However, discontented factions within the Ottoman army urge Mehmed’s second son, Cem, a well-educated and experienced warrior, to oppose his brother’s ascension, igniting a ruthless power struggle and forcing Cem into long years of exile, a pawn for European rulers who are desperate to preserve the order they have imposed on the continent over the course of centuries.

The Case of Cem, Vera Mutafchieva’s celebrated novel of court intrigue, maintains lasting resonance for being a personal exploration of emigration and loss set in the historical era during which the politics of the East and West were sketched out with utter clarity. These early lines of demarcation, as voiced through Christian and Muslim emissaries, greedy leaders, unflinching soldiers, and lyrical poets, have indelibly influenced the world as we know it today.

About Linda Kinstler

I’m the executive editor of The Dial magazine, and a contributing writer for The Economist’s 1843 Magazine and for Jewish Currents.

My first book, Come to this Court and Cry, won the 2023 Whiting Award in Nonfiction and was shortlisted for the Wingate Prize for Jewish literature. I was also a 2023 finalist for the Kukula Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Book Reviewing, and my reporting for Jewish Currents has been honored by the American Jewish Press Association’s Rockower Awards.

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February 4 at 5 PM

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February 7 at 6 PM

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