This group started in May 2011, and we've read novels by Joyce, Malraux, Kafka, Wright, Mishima, Faulkner, Nabokov, Unamuno, Ellison, Hamsun, Woolf, Biely, Gide, and many others.  We try to have a good time discussing the books without descending to small talk, think critically without descending to pedantry, etc.

Also, as the title shows, we've expanded our reading list since the group started.  We don't really want to title the group something as vague as "Chicago Literature Group," etc., and modernist fiction and poetry still make up most of the reading list.  But if some group members are excited about reading something else, be it Goethe or Ovid, Wallace or Perec, we're interested in that too.  Feel free to make suggestions.

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  • March 21 · 2:00 PM

    Franz Kafka: Stories

    16 Members | 5.00

    Enter the beautiful strangeness and captivating writing of Franz Kafka. Complete Stories We will focus on the following works:  The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony,... Learn more
  • March 14 · 2:00 PM

    Hopscotch - Julio Cortazar

    15 Members | 5.00 | 1 Photo

    Let's meet and talk about Hopscotch. The book may seem longish, but some of the chapters in it are 'expendable', and there's quite a bit of room for 'players' to read as... Learn more
  • March 7 · 2:00 PM

    Dante: Purgatorio

    16 Members | 5.00

    Come along – we are entering the Purgatorio.  It is here that Virgil disappears and Dante meets Beatrice. Now, he descends into self-knowledge to ascent into light and... Learn more
  • January 31 · 2:00 PM

    Dante: Inferno

    22 Members | 4.00

    In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray Gone from the path direct … Let’s read the first part of the Divina Commedia – the Inferno -... Learn more
  • January 17 · 2:00 PM

    Proust: Time Regained

    6 Members

    We are ending where we started - namely at Lovely Cafe. Since some Proustians will not be able to join at dinner time on account of bustling holiday season schedules, we... Learn more
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