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Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto
****NOTE THIS IS FOR THE THIRD MONDAY OF JUNE, WE WILL NOT BE MEETING THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE*** Our friends at the New York Review of Books just released a translation of the classic Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto! It is described as 'nightmarish' and 'existential' - certainly up my alley. From Amazon: "Zama takes place in the last decade of the eighteenth century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed servant of the Spanish crown who has been posted to Asunción, the capital of remote Paraguay. There, eaten up by pride, lust, petty grudges, and paranoid fantasies, he does as little as he possibly can while plotting his eventual transfer to Buenos Aires, where everything about his hopeless existence will, he is confident, be miraculously transformed and made good. "

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    One of the great things about reading, specifically books and even more to the point - fiction, is that it connects us to our imagination and to our ability to really know the characters that we are investing in. Often times knowing them better than many of the people in our daily lives. When I read a good piece of fiction I find myself thinking in the style of the author and the characters. It is as if my life has been set to the rhythms of the book that I've just set down. And no other art form has quite the same effect. There are so many great works out there begging to be read. So let's tackle these books together! Everything from Vonnegut to Plath to Melville to Wallace to Munro!

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