The sweet and painful odyssey of a long marriage by contemporary master Sherman Alexie, and the bitter sadness of a marriage cut short by tragedy.
”Call it a potent mixture of arrogance and self hatred, but I believed I was the only Indian man good enough for my Indian wife…I didn’t understand what I was feeling, and I didn’t know what to do.”
--Sherman Alexie, “Do You Know Where I Am?”
Two stories about love and loss look at historical events through a very human lens. Lyudmilla Ignatenko’s “A Solitary Human Voice” a touching memoir of her last days with her husband, a victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, is read by award-winning actress Stockard Channing. The story was part of a program presented in cooperation with the International Center of Photography.
Author Sherman Alexie spoke with us about the evolution of his work, and his story “Do You Know Where I Am?”, in an interview that is included with this program. He speaks of the tradition of struggle and quest that mark many of his stories (“A man in motion has a chance”) but also his growing desire to explore Native American experiences that don’t often get reflected in print—those of white-collar Indians. “Do You Know Where I Am,” is the funny, touching story of such a couple, and the hard and rewarding job of crafting an enduring marriage. It is read by the actor Keir Dullea, who admits to falling in love with Alexie’s work after reading “What You Pawn, I Will Redeem” in The New Yorker
“A Solitary Human Voice,” by Lyudmilla Ignatenko as told to Svetlana Alexievich, read by Stockard Channing
“Do You Know Where I Am?” by Sherman Alexie, read by Keir Dullea
Feature: Interview with Sherman Alexie