Found in Translation Book Club

When: Friday, June 21, 7 PM 
Where: Dog-Eared Books 

Found in Translation book club tours the globe through world literature in translation. We will explore different countries, cultures, and communities through amazing stories, gaining a fresh perspective as we focus on reading diversely. Join us each month for a new literary trip that will broaden our horizons and ultimately enrich our world.

Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, translated by Angela Rodel

“At one point they tried to calculate when time began, when exactly the earth had been created,” begins Time Shelter’s enigmatic narrator, who will go unnamed. “In the mid–seventeenth century, the Irish bishop Ussher calculated not only the exact year, but also a starting date: October 22, 4,004 years before Christ.” But for our narrator, time as he knows it begins when he meets Gaustine, a “vagrant in time” who has distanced his life from contemporary reality by reading old news, wearing tattered old clothes, and haunting the lost avenues of the twentieth century.

In an apricot-colored building in Zurich, surrounded by curiously planted forget-me-nots, Gaustine has opened the first “clinic for the past,” an institution that offers an inspired treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers: each floor reproduces a past decade in minute detail, allowing patients to transport themselves back in time to unlock what is left of their fading memories. Serving as Gaustine’s assistant, the narrator is tasked with collecting the flotsam and jetsam of the past, from 1960s furniture and 1940s shirt buttons to nostalgic scents and even wisps of afternoon light. But as the charade becomes more convincing, an increasing number of healthy people seek out the clinic to escape from the dead-end of their daily lives—a development that results in an unexpected conundrum when the past begins to invade the present. Through sharply satirical, labyrinth-like vignettes reminiscent of Italo Calvino and Franz Kafka, the narrator recounts in breathtaking prose just how he became entrenched in a plot to stop time itself.

Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us at Dog·Eared Books at 7 PM on Friday, June 21, to discuss the book with book club host Mariah! This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate, no registration necessary.

Also, for 20 minutes after each club meeting, you will receive 20% off all books and merchandise!

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Content Warnings for Found in Translation 2024
Content Warnings for Time Shelter
Content Warnings for Butter
Content Warnings for Thirst
Content Warnings for Stolen

Dates and books for upcoming 2024 Found in Translation

July 19 at 7 PM
Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, translated by Angela Rodel
June 21 at 7 PM
Butter by Asako Yuzuki, translated by Polly Barton
August 16 at 7 PM
The Inhumans and Other Stories edited and translated by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
September 20 at 7 PM
Off-White by Astrid Roemer, translated by Lucy Scott & David McKay
October 11 at 7 PM
Thirst by Marina Yuszczuk, translated by Heather Cleary
November 15 at 7 PM
No Edges: Swahili Stories translated by Idza Luhumyo
December 20 at 7 PM
Stolen by Ann-Helén Laestadius, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

 

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