As a novelist, I am fascinated by decisions. Choice, real or imagined, is what separates tragedy from mythology. Decisions, always made with incomplete understanding, shape the arc of lives and narrative.
Nicholas Bredie is the 2021 Beth and Arthur Lev Student Research Fellow at the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research and a PhD candidate in the Department of Literature and Creative Writing at USC. He is the author of Not Constantinople (Dzanc Books), a novel based on his three years living in Istanbul, Turkey. The book was named one of the best of 2017 by The Morning News and received praise from Viet Thanh Nguyen, T. C. Boyle, Paul La Farge, and Aimee Bender. With Joanna Howard, Bredie was the co-translator of Frédéric Boyer’s novella Cows (Noemi Press). His fiction and non-fiction writing has been published widely, appearing in The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, Fairy Tale Review, Opium, and Puerto del Sol, among others. He earned a BA in Philosophy at Columbia University in 2005, an MFA in Literary Arts at Brown University in 2009, an MA in English Literature at USC in 2018, and expects to defend his dissertation at USC during the 2021-2022 academic year.