‘Night of the World’: A Novel

Professor Oscar Guardiola-Rivera talked about his latest book, ‘Night of the World’, the first in a trilogy.



Event held on Thursday 28th of June 2021 – 6:00pm GMT on Zoom.

About the event:

Professor Oscar Guardiola-Rivera held a 35 minute conversation with The87 Press founding editor Azad Ashim Sharma followed by a Q&A session.

To purchase the book, click on this link: https://www.the87press.co.uk/shop/p/oscar-guardiola-rivera-night-of-the-world-book-one

About the speakers:

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is a Colombian-born author and professor of Political Philosophy and Human Rights at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Advancement of Arts, and a member of the Board of Governors of Ruskin College, Oxford.

He has published over a hundred articles on philosophy, literature, human rights, law, political economy, and globalisation. Award-winning author of ‘ What If Latin America Ruled the World’ (Bloomsbury, 2010/RBA, 2012), and most recently of the poetic novel ‘Night of the World’ (The87 Press, 2020), ‘How to Build Societies’ (Editorial Javeriana, 2015) and ‘A Defense of Art/Armed Struggle, ‘On Art & Rights’ (Editorial UTadeo, 2019)”, co-author of ‘Decolonizing Ethics and ‘The Critical Theory of Enrique Dussel’, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021).

He was the curator of the Global Art Forum in Dubai in 2017 and since 2015 he has curated the yearly ‘Focus on the Funk’ gathering between some of the most important thinkers, artists and activists interested in issues of social and racial justice today.

His initial commission piece for the UK’s Royal Literary Fund, entitled ‘Kingdom Fallen, Kingdom Risen’ is available on the Writers Mosaic website. He is a columnist for the Colombian newspaper “El Espectador” and a frequent contributor to international media outlets such as The Guardian, BBC, Monocle, France News, The Independent, DaakBangla and Al Jazeera, among others.

https://www.bbk.ac.uk/our-staff/profile/8005393/oscar-guardiola-rivera#overview

Azad Ashim Sharma is the director of the87press. His work includes ‘Against the Frame ‘(Barque Press, 2017) and the forthcoming collections of poetry and prose ‘Ergastulum’ (Broken Sleep Books, 2022) and ‘Boiled Owls'(Nightboat Books, 2023). His poems have been published recently by Stand Magazine, the Asian American Writers Workshop and Gutter Magazine. His prose has been published by SPAMzine, MIR Online, Magma Magazine and is forthcoming in the Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Poetry in Ireland and the UK. Azad is currently a PhD Candidate in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London and is producing a novel and a book of critical theory.

About the book:

“This exhilarating narrative prose-poem, situated in a dystopian future, is a quest to find out what is distinctive about humankind, a poetic and vigorous praise of reading, knowledge and art as the only way to survive. Night of the World makes indeed a beautiful, powerful and meaningful reading that stays with you for a long time.”

  • Cristina Fuentes La Roche OBE, Hay Literary Festival International director

“As riveting as a warning, as breakneck as a sucker punch, Night of the World packs the promethean panache of A Clockwork Orange with the unsettling prescience of 1984. Simultaneously metaphorical and literally dead-on, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera’s breathless incantation, grabs you by the collar and forces you to ask: What the hell? Why does all this seem plausible? And does the terror come from its telling of such unsettling possibilities, or because it tells me that I must do whatever possible – quickly, now – to prevent such a night from swallowing our world? Don’t read this and weep; read this and act.”

  • Miguel Syjuco, Man Asian Prize-winning author of Illustrado (Picador, 2010)