What we're about

Welcome to diesdas.unread – the mostly utopian book club for facts and fiction. We strive to understand the complex new world around us better, through reading, discussion and exchanging experiences. This book club is not focused on a particular genre, instead alternating between novels and non-fiction books. We like sci-fi, eye-opening popular science and occasionally revel in the absurd, but don’t shy away from classics either.

The book club has been going strong since August 2017, with a core group of returning participants, but also new faces joining each time. Usually we end up being between four and eight people who show up. It is organised and hosted by https://diesdas.digital , a studio for design, strategy and code in Berlin Kreuzberg.

Note: We’ve only recently switched from Facebook events to Meetup, which is why it’s still a bit empty here.

We discuss in English and/or German, depending on which languages are present. Don’t worry if you don’t speak both or aren’t fluent … we’ll make it work! Drinks and snacks are provided and it’s a fairly casual atmosphere. You definitely don’t need a literature degree to participate! It’s important to us to listen to each other, to treat everyone with respect and to create an inclusive setting. If you only want to hear yourself talk, then this is probably not for you.

The address is diesdas.digital GmbH, Oranienstraße 6, 10997 Berlin. We meet at 7pm and then usually discuss for 2-3 hours. It doesn’t matter if you have actually finished the book – everyone is welcome, as long as they have read at least a few pages and bring their impression.

Books we have read so far:
- “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. LeGuin
- “Kafka on the Shore” by Haruki Murakami
- “Positioning” by Al Ries and Jack Trout
- “Borderliners” by Peter Høeg
- “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari
- “Uncommon Type” by Tom Hanks
- “Homo Deus” by Yuval Noah Harari
- “Measuring the world” by Daniel Kehlmann
- “Why we sleep” by Matthew Walker
- “Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
- “Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez
- “Shikasta” by Doris Lessing
- “How to do Nothing” by Jenny Odell

The next book is always decided on the spot at the meeting, by the people who attend – so bring suggestions! We strive to create parity between female and male authors, so we will gravitate towards female authors for a while.

Upcoming events (1)

“The Testaments” + “Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood: let’s read and discuss!

Seriously, how could we pick anything else? The release of “The Testaments” has been called the literary event of the year and people have been midnight-queuing in front of bookstores in droves, like back in the Harry Potter days. “The Testaments” is the long-awaited sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and just hot off the presses. The first book came out in the 80s and now, more than 30 years later, Atwood is revisiting the world of Gilead. The Guardian calls it “a dazzling follow-up” and RTE closes their review with the statement that “a political thriller with a hopeful ending is exactly what the world needs right now.” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/10/the-testaments-by-margaret-atwood-review https://www.rte.ie/culture/2019/0910/1075001-reviewed-the-testaments-by-margaret-atwood/ This time we are giving ourselves a bit more time, because you might want to catch up on the Handmaid’s Tale before going into the Testaments. Luckily there is also a critically acclaimed tv series – so if two books is too much to stomach, you can also binge the tv series. Order a copy at your local book shop or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/1784742325 The German titles are “Die Zeugnisse” and “Der Report der Magd”, in case German is your language of choice. We discuss in English and/or German, depending on which languages are present. Don’t worry if you don’t speak both or aren’t fluent … we’ll make it work! Drinks and snacks are provided and it’s a fairly casual atmosphere. You definitely don’t need a literature degree to participate! It’s important to us to listen to each other, to treat everyone with respect and to create an inclusive setting. If you only want to hear yourself talk, then this is probably not for you. The address is diesdas.digital GmbH, Oranienstraße 6, 10997 Berlin. We meet at 7pm and then usually discuss for 2-3 hours. There are drinks and a few snacks! It doesn’t matter if you have actually finished the book – everyone is welcome, as long as they have read at least a few pages and bring their impression.

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