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Go, Went, Gone
Jenny Erpenbeck (2015), 304 pages. At once a passionate contribution to the debate on race, privilege and nationality and a beautifully written examination of an ageing man’s quest to find meaning in his life. Go, Went, Gone showcases one of the great contemporary European writers at the height of her powers. Richard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas, but now he is retired, his books remain in their packing boxes and he steps into the streets of his city, Berlin. Here, on Alexanderplatz, he discovers a new community -- a tent city, established by African asylum seekers. Hesitantly, getting to know the new arrivals, Richard finds his life changing, as he begins to question his own sense of belonging in a city that once divided its citizens into them and us.

Ada museum apartment

Sprängkullsgatan 1, 41123 · Göteborg

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We are a group of people who like to get together and discuss English language novels. The club (pronounced "Elba") includes people from Meetup, the Anglo-Swedish Society, and the British Club in Gothenburg.

Our meetings are held in English in a museum apartment in Haga, Gothenburg. We meet at 18:30 on the third Tuesday of each month. We discuss the book for about an hour and then have a 'fika' and have a more free-ranging discussion for another hour. The cost of the meetup is 20 kronor each, to pay for the room and the fika. (We take cash or Swish.)

Each meeting has a discussion leader who gives a brief introduction to the book and gets the discussion going.

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