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Thursday, June 10, 2010

European Book Club

2010 Sessions

March Alliance Francaise:
Céline Curiol, Voice Over (Faber & Faber, 2008)

April Polish Cultural Insitute:
Olga Tokarczuk, Primeval and Other Times (Twisted Spoon, 2010)

May Slovenian Consulate:
Boris Pahor, A Difficult Spring

June Austrian Cultural Forum:
Thomas Glavinic, Night Work (Canongate, 2008)

The European Book Club comes to Brooklyn!
In 2008, several European cultural institutions in New York City created the European Book Club in order to provide people an opportunity to collectively read contemporary European literature in translation and meet to exchange ideas about books, stories, and authors. The program proved to be so successful that the sessions quickly filled up, leaving many people unable to participate.
For the 2009 season, Brooklyn Public Library is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the European Book Club organizers and hosting mirror sessions for each participating institution’s book selection. For more information visit the European Book Club website.
The 2009 Schedule:
All sessions will be held in the Trustees Room at the Central Library on Grand Army Plaza and run from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. The link for each session will direct you to the corresponding sponsor’s session.
Tuesday, March 24City Sister Silver by Jachym Topol (Czech Center) -- very difficult reading, lots of flashbacks and dreams interspersed, but still good view of 1980's Prague and Czech

Tuesday, April 21The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (French Institute Alliance Française)
Tuesday, May 19thMargherita Dolce Vita by Stefano Benni (Istituto Italiano di Cultura) -- enjoyed this humorous story told from a teen girl's perspective, magical realism about the weird (evil?) family next door.

Tuesday, June 16thGreed by Elfriede Jelinek (Austrian Cultural Forum)
September 15thThe Mighty Angel by Jerzy Pilch (Polish)
October 2009 The Have-Nots by Katharina Hacker -- Germany
November 2009 - To Siberia by Per Petterson
December 2009 - The Lone Man by Bernardo Atxaga -- Spain

2008 Selections:
Daniel Kehlmann. Measuring the world -- German
Thomas Bernhard. The loser -- Austrian
Sis, Peter. The wall -- Czech Republic -- children's picture book biography
Stephane Audeguy. The Theory of Clouds -- French
Amara Lakhous. Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio -- Italian

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