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Discussing 2666 by Roberto Bolano
A novel "on an astonishing scale", here's the core information you need to know about the story: Santa Teresa, on the Mexico-US border: an urban sprawl that draws lost souls to it like a vortex. Convicts and academics find themselves here, as does an American sportswriter, a teenage student with her widowed father, and a reclusive, 'missing' author. But there is a darker side to the town. As in the real town of Juárez, on which Santa Teresa is based, girls and women are disappearing at an alarming rate . . . As 2666 progresses, as the sense of conspiracy grows, as the shadow of the apocalypse draws closer, Santa Teresa becomes an emblem of the corruption, violence and decadence of twentieth-century European history. Copies in English available here https://amzn.to/2SKtSAh , or in the original Spanish here https://amzn.to/2Le2wQD

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"Instead of the modernist quest for meaning in a chaotic world, the postmodern author eschews, often playfully, the possibility of meaning, and the postmodern novel is often a parody of this quest. Postmodern authors also tend to celebrate chance over craft, and further employ metafiction to undermine the writer's authority. Another characteristic of postmodern literature is the questioning of distinctions between high and low culture through the use of pastiche, the combination of subjects and genres not previously deemed fit for literature." - Wikipedia

If all/most of the above appeals, then this is the book club for you! Join us for an unpretentious (well, we'll try!) discussion over a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.

We will be reading from an ever-expanding list of postmodern and experimental literature (not theory), including the following (to give you an idea):

House of Leaves – Mark Z Danielewski

The Atrocity Exhibition – JG Ballard

Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie – Stewart Home

Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas Hofstadter

Life, A User’s Manual – Georges Perec

Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

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