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Author Jan-Philipp Sendker talks at Bank Square Books

Published January 23. 2014 4:00AM

Jan-Philipp Sendker, a German novelist, spent 10 years trying to get his first novel, "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats," translated into English and published by an American house.

Though the book - about love conquering harsh realities - was modestly successful in Germany, he experienced rejection after rejection in the U.S. Ultimately, Sendker himself paid to have the work translated, and it was finally printed by the Other Press - and met with long-forestalled popularity.

Sendker's latest book, "A Well-Tempered Heart," a sequel to "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats," is now out, and the author appears at an author's luncheon on Wednesday in Mystic's Bank Square Books.

- RICK KOSTER

Jan-Philipp Sendker,

noon Wednesday, Bank Square Books, 53 West Main St., Mystic; $15 includes signed copy of "A Well-Tempered Heart," lunch, discussion with the author;

(860) 536-3795, banksquarebooks.com.

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