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If you love literature and enjoy spirited discussions about literature in a relaxed cafe atmosphere, this book club is for you. Join the fun and expand your horizons a bit when it comes to literature! I'm a fan of "classic" literature (think Aeschylus, Dostoyevsky, Eliot, Balzac, Cervantes, Goethe) and am also fond of modernist and postmodernist writing (e.g., Brautigan, Broch, Calvino, Cortazar, Ellison, Joyce, Kundera, Lispecter, Mishima, Rushdie, Sarraute, Woolf, Zamyatin, etc.). If you, like me, also enjoy thought-provoking foreign/art cinema, you should check out my Radical Visions Cinema Club: http://www.meetup.com/radical-visions-cinema

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Online: "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov

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"At a time when the Russian theatre was dominated by formulaic melodramas and farces, Chekhov created a new sort of drama that laid bare the everyday lives, loves and yearnings of ordinary people. The Seagull contrasts a young man's selfish romanticism with the stoicism of a woman cruelly abandoned by her lover." --Publisher

Online: "In the Cafe of Lost Youth" by Patrick Modiano

"In the Café of Lost Youth is vintage Patrick Modiano, an absorbing evocation of a particular Paris of the 1950s, shadowy and shady, a secret world of writers, criminals, drinkers, and drifters. The novel, inspired in part by the circle (depicted in the photographs of Ed van der Elsken) of the notorious and charismatic Guy Debord, centers on the enigmatic, waiflike figure of Louki, who catches everyone’s attention even as she eludes possession or comprehension. Through the eyes of four very different narrators, including Louki herself, we contemplate her character and her fate, while Modiano explores the themes of identity, memory, time, and forgetting that are at the heart of his spellbinding and deeply moving art." -- Publisher

Online: "Family Lexicon" by Natalia Ginzburg

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"An Italian family, sizable, with its routines and rituals, crazes, pet phrases, and stories, doubtful, comical, indispensable, comes to life in the pages of Natalia Ginzburg’s Family Lexicon. Giuseppe Levi, the father, is a scientist, consumed by his work and a mania for hiking—when he isn’t provoked into angry remonstration by someone misspeaking or misbehaving or wearing the wrong thing. Giuseppe is Jewish, married to Lidia, a Catholic, though neither is religious; they live in the industrial city of Turin where, as the years pass, their children find ways of their own to medicine, marriage, literature, politics. It is all very ordinary, except that the background to the story is Mussolini’s Italy in its steady downward descent to race law and world war. The Levis are, among other things, unshakeable anti-fascists. That will complicate their lives. " -- Publisher

Online: "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

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"Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing." -- Publisher

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