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To read and discuss the most influential books, from classics to contemporary.

Our website listing all past presentations and agenda of the club:
https://www.genevainternationalbookclub.com/

Upcoming events (2)

Book selection: The Evolution of the Spy Novel

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The craft of espionage has fascinated people ever since stories were told, whether orally, on the printed page, or on a screen. The secrecy, manipulation, deception, and potential danger combine to produce a unique aura to these works.
Matthew will take us through a selection of books from this ever-popular, ever-evolving genre of fiction and we'll select a book to suit our thirst for some spy action!

Location: Maison des Associations, salle Albert Jacquard
Presenter: Matthew
Starting time: 7:15 PM

Format:
Part 1: presenter(s) provide a short overview of the pre-selected books, highlighting some of the reviews and critics and other relevant background. Members who have read any of the books can contribute.
Part 2: participants are invited to introduce any book that they would like to recommend and provide a short overview thereof (on a voluntarily basis).
Part 3: participants vote to select the book to be discussed in one of the upcoming book discussion meetings.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Upcoming events: https://www.genevainternationalbookclub.com/post/future

Past events: https://www.genevainternationalbookclub.com/post/_past
Presentation slides (current year): https://www.genevainternationalbookclub.com/post/slides-2022

Book #148 - Missing Person by Patrick Modiano

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For ten years Guy Roland has lived without a past. His current life and name were given to him by his recently retired boss, Hutte, who welcomed him, a onetime client, into his detective agency. Guy makes full use of Hutte's files – directories, yearbooks, and papers of all kinds going back half a century – but his leads are few. Could he really be the person in that photograph, a young man remembered by some as a South American attaché? Or was he someone else, perhaps the disappeared scion of a prominent local family? He interviews strangers and is tantalized by half-clues until, at last, he grasps a thread that leads him through the maze of his own repressed experience.

On one level Missing Person is a detective thriller, a 1950s film noir mix of smoky cafés, illegal passports, and insubstantial figures crossing bridges in the fog. On another level, it is also a haunting meditation on the nature of the self.

LOCATION: Maison Internationale des Associations, salle Albert Jacquard
Presenter: Carla
Starting time: 19:15 sharp

Format:

  1. Members introduction (5-10 minutes)
  2. Book presentation (20-30 minutes)
    – A brief history of author’s life
    – A short summary of the book
    – Main ideas/themes
  3. Group discussion (45-60 minutes), members' personal views on the book, opposing ideas, etc.
  4. Announcement/info on next meeting (5 minutes)

Note: reading the book is not a "must" to attend the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Upcoming events: https://www.genevainternationalbookclub.com/post/future
Past events: https://www.genevainternationalbookclub.com/post/_past
Presentation slides (current year): https://www.genevainternationalbookclub.com/post/slides-2022

Past events (71)

Book #147 - The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse

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