What we're about

We are a group of people who like to get together and discuss novels available in English. Here is the full programme for the current season (2021 - 2022):

The club includes people from Meetup, the Anglo-Swedish Society, and the British Club in Gothenburg.

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Each meeting has a discussion leader who gives a brief introduction to the book and gets the discussion going. We discuss the book (in English) for about an hour and then have a 'fika' and a more free-ranging chat for those who want to stay on.

We have held our meetings on Zoom during the COVID pandemic, but now that so many people have been vaccinated, we have decided to have physical meetings again. However, we will also have Zoom in the room for those who can't come to Gothenburg or prefer to join from home.

ELB(A) is generously supported by Medborgarskolan.

Upcoming events (1)

A Mercy (Toni Morrison, 2008)

Online event

It is the 1680s and the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a smallholding in the harsh North. Despite his distaste for dealing in “flesh,” he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner.

This is Florens, who can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Rejected by her mother, Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master’s house, and later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives.

This novel reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter - a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment. Florens’s mother does not want to part with her daughter, but feels that Florens will be better off with Jacob than with her own cruel master. Jacob’s wife knows that, even as a white woman, the only choices open to her are wife, servant, or prostitute. The servants know that if both their master and mistress die, their already circumscribed choices will disappear completely and they will be fair game for anyone.

This is a world in which women—white, black, and Native American—are especially vulnerable, literally at the mercy of the men who hold power over them.

Past events (71)

The Invention of Morel (Adolfo Bioy Casares, 1940)

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