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Next stop on 19th C. grand book tour: Spain

  • May 11, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • private apartment in West Village

The Pot-Pourri Salon - literary branch of the NY continental Philosophy tree - is finishing up The Red and the Black (by Stendhal). Although it's jammed into the lit crit category “early realism”, we've decided that none of the standard categories comfortably contain this masterpiece of fact and fiction. Sooooo great! Now, soldiering on with our grand sweep through 19th C big books, we go to Spain with “Fortunata and Jacinta” by Benito Pérez Galdós (Penguin Classics, ISBN[masked]). What? You've never heard of it? Neither had we. A little googling reveals that Galdós by many lights is second only to Cervantes in the world of Spanish letters. The novel “created a sensation ... because of its scathing critique of the Spanish middle class, and for its frank sexuality. While criticized by political and religious leaders, it was praised by peers of Galdós for its realistic depiction of life amongst all classes in 19th century Madrid." (Wikipedia) Galdós was foiled by his enemies in the run-up to his nomination for the Nobel. That we anglophones remain ignorant of him is a scandal. The salon reads seriously great stuff (eg, Nietzsche, Proust, Melville, Dostoevsky) but is not itself so serious that one-liners and other comic interventions are not dearly beloved - as is plenty of wine, limoncello and cranberry juice. Read Part One for the first session (we anticipate four). Email the host, Sharon G, privately for location (at [masked] )

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  • joy

    Interesting topic, in-depth discussion and wonderful group lead!

    May 15, 2012

  • Eduardo

    Between knowing laughter and intractable perplexity--fueled by the fruit of the grape--a lively and illuminating discussion made its way to the surface. A pleasurable the evening all around.

    May 12, 2012

  • Sharon G.

    Newcomers - contact me (Sharon G) the host for location to our meetup. We are looking forward to discussing this classic. Some of us are already gossiping about the characters and wondering about the hotly debated line between faction and fiction. See you Friday! Sharon G.

    May 9, 2012

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