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Book Club Meeting #7 - I Had Nowhere To Go
Hello everyone! The next meeting will be on the 2 December. This time we will read about the amazing life of Jonas Mekas in his "I Had Nowhere to Go". Legendary filmmaker Jonas Mekas actually came to filmmaking relatively late in life, and his path to New York was a difficult one. In 1944, Mekas and his younger brother Adolfas had to flee Lithuania. They were interned for eight months in a labor camp in Elmshorn. Even after the war ended, Mekas was prevented from returning to his native Lithuania by the Soviet occupation. Classed as a “displaced person,” he lived in DP camps in Wiesbaden and Kassel for years. It was only at the end of 1949 that Jonas and Aldolfas Mekas finally found their way to New York City. A new edition of Mekas’ acclaimed memoir, first published by Black Thistle Press in 1991, I Had Nowhere to Go tells the story of the artist’s survival in the camps and his first years as a young Lithuanian immigrant in New York City. Mekas’ memoir―the inspiration for a 2016 biopic by Douglas Gordon―tells the story of how an individual life can move through the larger 20th-century narratives of war and exile and tentatively put down new roots. In the words of Phillip Lopate, “This is a lyrical, essential spiritual anthropology.” Get the book: -Even if you don't finish the book in time, don't be shy and come anyway. -Every idea and opinion is valued. -Underline your favorite quotes and share it with us at the next meeting. -If you have any East European book that you think you'd like us to read with you for the next month, we'd be happy to do it! *Discussion in English.

OKNA - Espaço Cultural

27, R. da Igreja de Cedofeita · Porto

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    Reading doesn’t have to be an independent activity! The first book club in Porto dedicated entirely to East European literature launches on 8th of April. Every first Sunday of every month we’ll meet around noon at OKNA - Espaço Cultural and enjoy a talk about the chosen novel, a good tea and good company. Every month’s meeting will be dedicated to a different writer with some sort of a connection to Eastern Europe. We’ll talk cultural differences, main theme, character development and pretty much anything else. Everyone who enjoys a nice talk, building connections with other book lovers or just wants to practice their English is welcome to join!

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