The Great Eastern by Howard Rodman


"An absolutely ingenious premise propels this audacious adventure into surprising and thrilling territory, where history twists and braids itself like the transatlantic cable at the heart of this epic narrative. Howard Rodman's powers of invention, connective synthesis, and grim humor are matched only by his literary ventriloquism and psychological insight. This kaleidoscopic tall tale is a ready-made binge-read!" -Steven Soderbergh
"Seriously, this is the sort of thing that readers of China Mieville or Alan Moore or Eleanor Catton should gobble up (it also has hints of my beloved George MacDonald Fraser, but I realize that’s not a name anyone throws around anymore). A historical phantasmagoria and ripping adventure done as a game of hide-and-seek. It’s like twelve of your favorite movies at once, in full sensurround." -Jonathan Lethem

Adventure on the High Seas: Howard Rodman Presents The Great Eastern

Wednesday June 12, 2019
07:00 pm

Tags: Event


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Screenwriters Howard Rodman and Doug McGrath present Rodman's nautical new novel, The Great Eastern.

The Great Eastern is a sprawling adventure pitting two of literature's most iconic anti-heroes against each other: Captain Nemo and Captain Ahab. Caught between them: real-life British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the century's greatest ship, The Great Eastern. But when he's kidnapped by Nemo to help design a submarine with which to fight the laying of the Translatlantic cable - linking the two colonialist forces Nemo hates, England and the US - Brunel finds himself going up against his own ship, and the strange man hired to protect it, Captain Ahab, in a battle for the soul of the 19th century.

Howard Rodman is Past President of the Writers Guild of America West; a professor of screenwriting at USC's School of Cinematic Arts; and an artistic director of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs. Among his screenwriting credits, he wrote Savage Grace, starring Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne, and August, featuring Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, and David Bowie.
Doug McGrath is a filmmaker and playwright. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for Bullets Over Broadway for which they were nominated for an Academy Award. His first film as writer/director was his adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. He also wrote and directed Nicholas Nickleby, Infamous, and the documentaries His Way and Becoming Mike Nichols. His play Checkers opened the 30th anniversary season at New York’s Vineyard Theatre. His book for Beautiful was nominated for a Tony Award.