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IBG Tuesday Meetup - The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson
Hi all, We met up earlier this month to discuss A Heart So White by Javier Marias. It was a great discussion and we discussed various themes. Most us enjoyed it and it was our first introduction to Maria. The main themes we discussed were based around the fluidity of time - how time is transient and it always exists in the past, the present and the future. Connected to this was the nature of memory - how it is selective and can be a help or a hindrance. Linked to memory was the concept of truth through repetition of a memory and how secrets and lies can be perpetuated. Familial relationships - parent and child as well as marital were the narrative through which this was explored. The omissions, misinterpretations and failures in communication that occur over time in a family dynamic. The books we voted on for next month were: Sarah The Power by Naomi Alderman ( 1 vote ) Sheila Moby Dick by Herman Melville ( 1 vote ) Mark Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer ( 0 votes ) The winner was: William The Vanishing Futurist by Charlotte Hobson ( 6 votes ) Here is a synopsis from Waterstones: "When twenty-two-year-old Gerty Freely travels to Russia to work as a governess in early 1914, she has no idea of the vast political upheavals ahead, nor how completely her fate will be shaped by them. Yet as her intimacy with the charismatic inventor, Nikita Slavkin, deepens, she's inspired by his belief in a future free of bourgeois clutter, alight with creativity and sleek as a machine. In 1917, revolution sweeps away the Moscow Gerty knew. The middle classes - and their governesses - are fleeing the country, but she stays, throwing herself into an experiment in communal living led by Slavkin. In the white-washed modernist rooms of the commune the members may be cold and hungry, but their overwhelming feeling is of exhilaration. They abolish private property and hand over everything, even their clothes, to the collective; they swear celibacy for the cause.Yet the chaos and violence of the outside world cannot be withstood for ever. Nikita Slavkin's sudden disappearance inspires the Soviet cult of the Vanishing Futurist, the scientist who sacrificed himself for the Communist ideal. Gerty, alone and vulnerable, must now discover where that ideal will ultimately lead" See you then, Hannah

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    We meet on a bi monthly basis at a venue in Islington to debate, discuss and dissect the chosen novel for that month. Some excellent locations to choose from in Islington. Previous books chosen have include "The New York Trilogy", "God of Small Things and "Confederacy of Dunces". Members recommend a book then everyone votes, the book chosen for the following month being the one with the most votes. All Islingtonian bookworms welcome!

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