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Ottessa Moshfegh on bringing Eileen to the screen

25 April 2024

A few weeks ago we welcomed Ottessa Moshfegh to Shakespeare and Company. That night we’re headed almost back to where it all began by revisiting Moshfegh’s second book Eileen, the small town noir that propelled this experimental writer into the bestseller charts and onto the Booker shortlist. Eileen has just been adapted into a Hollywood film—directed by William Oldroyd, starring Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie, and with a screenplay by Moshfegh and her partner Luke Goebel. So as well as diving into the book—reconnecting with the fresh, smart-mouthed, enchantingly twisted voice of our eponymous narrator—we also discussed the challenges of bringing that voice to the screen, what it felt like to see Eileen embodied, and the difficulty Moshfegh faced—if any— in handing her over to other artists…

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