What we're about

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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"The Kingdom of This World" by Alejo Carpentier

San Francisco Public Library

"A few years after its liberation from harsh French colonial rule in 1803, Haiti endured a period of great brutality under the reign of King Henri Christophe, who was born a slave but rose to become the first black king in the Western Hemisphere. In this unnerving novel from one of Cuba’s most celebrated authors, Henri Christophe’s oppressive rule is observed through the eyes of the elderly slave Ti Noël, who suffers abuse from masters both white and black. As he ranges across the country searching for true liberation, Ti Noël navigates bloody revolutions, maniacal rulers with false visions of grandeur, and the mysterious power of voodoo magic." --Publisher

"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace

Cafe La Boheme

"A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do." --Publisher

"Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth

Cafe La Boheme

"The groundbreaking novel that propelled its author to literary stardom: told in a continuous monologue from patient to psychoanalyst, Philip Roth's masterpiece draws us into the turbulent mind of one lust-ridden young Jewish bachelor named Alexander Portnoy."--Publisher

"Ceremony" by Leslie Marmon Silko

San Francisco Public Library

"Thirty years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, Ceremony is a work of enduring power."--Publisher

Past events (172)

"Chess Story" by Stefan Zweig

Cafe La Boheme

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