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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: https://www.meetup.com/radical-visions-cinema

Upcoming events (4+)

Online: "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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"In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again." -- Publisher

"Rabbit Run" by John Updike

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"Rabbit, Run is the book thatestablished John Updike as one of the major American novelists of his—or any other—generation. Its hero is Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, a onetime high-school basketball star who on an impulse deserts his wife and son. He is twenty-six years old, a man-child caught in a struggle between instinct and thought, self and society, sexual gratification and family duty—even, in a sense, human hard-heartedness and divine Grace. Though his flight from home traces a zigzag of evasion, he holds to the faith that he is on the right path, an invisible line toward his own salvation as straight as a ruler’s edge." -- Publisher

"Against Nature" by Joris-Karl Huysmans

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"A wildly original fin-de-siècle novel, Against Nature contains only one character. Des Esseintes is a decadent, ailing aristocrat who retreats to an isolated villa where her indulges his taste for luxury and excess. Veering between nervous excitability and debilitating ennui, he gluts his aesthetic appetites with classical literature and art, exotic jewels (with which he fatally encrusts the shell of his tortoise), rich perfumes and a kaleidoscope of sensual experiences. Against Nature, in the words of the author, exploded 'like a meteorite' and has enjoyed a cult following to this day." -- Publisher

Online : "Sea of Poppies" by Amitav Ghosh

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"At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of Canton." -- Publisher

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"Zazie in the Metro" by Raymond Queneau

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