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!! Everyone welcome !!

 
One Monday a month we get together at Vienna University to discuss some contemporary text. After 8 pm the discussion may continue in one of the local pubs...


Next meeting:



The next meeting will take place in the English Studies Library, covid permitting - please email Julia for details by 20 January! Places are limited!



Monday 6 March:
6.30pm - 7.45pm

Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

"Homegoing is a hugely empathic, unflinching portrayal of west Africa’s role in the transatlantic slave trade. … The tale begins in the late 18th century in an Asante village, part of the Gold Coast which eventually became Ghana. A young girl, Effia Otcher, is sold by her father to a British slavetrader named James – as a bride, not as a slave – and taken to live with him in Cape Coast Castle, a fort overlooking the sea. The slaves are in dungeons underneath the castle, awaiting transit to the Americas and the Caribbean via the Middle Passage. Among them are ex-house servants, overflow prisoners of tribal and regional wars and unlucky captives sold to the Europeans for money and goods, such as 15-year-old Esi Asare, Effia’s half-sister. Esi was seized during a raid on her own village and brought to the castle by “bomboys”, local boys who worked for the British transporting cargo. In a series of subsequent interconnected stories, the bloodlines of these two women are followed through seven generations covering the associated histories of the US and Ghana up to the turn of the 21st century.
It is an enormous feat for a new writer, but Gyasi rises to the challenge. At the centre of each well-crafted, well-researched narrative episode there is a clearly defined and complex protagonist who we come to care deeply about.
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Diana Evans, The Guardian

Preview 17 April:
Piranesi
by Susanna Clarke

Preview 22 May:
Checkout 19
by Claire-Louise Bennett



If you love reading and want to meet like-minded people informally to discuss a contemporary text, just come along. (It would be great if you could drop me a line so we know roughly how many people to expect: julia.novak@univie.ac.at)
 
Julia Lajta-Novak
(Vienna Lit Book Group Coordinator)


Venue:
Fachbereichsbibliothek für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Universitätscampus Altes AKH
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 8
A-1090 Wien
http://bibliothek.univie.ac.at/fb-anglistik/
karin.lach@univie.ac.at
How to get there: trams 43,44, 5, 33
To access courtyard 8 use any one of the main entrances to the campus: Garnisongasse (walk through courtyard 9)
Thavonatgasse, Alserstrasse (walk through courtyards 1 and 7)
Spitalgasse (walk through courtyards 1 or 2 and 7).

Lageplan


books previously discussed:

Stephen Markley: Ohio
Katie Kitamura: Intimacies: A Novel
Emma Donoghue: The Pull of the Stars
Emily St John Mandel: Station Eleven
David Grossman: More Than I Love My Life
Sarah Perry: The Essex Serpent
Ali Smith: Autumn
Lionel Shriver: The Motion of the Body Through Space
Min Jin Lee: Pachinko: A Novel
C. Pam Zhang: How Much of These Hills Is Gold
Damon Galgut: The Promise
Natasha Brown: Assembly
Sally Rooney: Beautiful World, Where Are You
Emily Danforth: Plain Bad Heroines
Nicole Krauss: To Be A Man
Imbolo Mbue: How Beautiful We Were
Salena Godden: Mrs Death Misses Death
Patricia Lockwood: No One Is Talking About This
Rebecca Makkai: The Great Believers
Jessica Anthony: Enter the Aardvark
Douglas Stuart: Shuggie Bain
Patrick Ness: And the Ocean Was Our Sky
Maggie O'Farrell: Hamnet
Neil Mukherjee: A State of Freedom
Tayari Jones: An American Marriage
Madeline Miller: Circe
Anna Wiener: Uncanny Valley
Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake
Sarah Moss: Ghost Wall
Bernadine Evaristo: Girl, Woman, Other
Nicola Barker: H(a)ppy
Ocean Vuong: On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous
Kim Stanley Robinson: New York 2140
Russell Hoban: Riddley Walker
William Siegfried: Virtual Enchantment
Kei Miller: Augustown
Daisy Johnson: Everything Under
Craig Thompson: Blankets: A Graphic Novel
Elif Batuman: The Idiot
DBC Pierre: Vernon God Little
Anna Burns: Milkman
Fiona Melrose: Midwinter
Rachel Kushner: The Mars Room
Helen Macdonald: H is for Hawk
Andrew Greer: Less
Philip Pullman: La Belle Sauvage
Gillian Tindall: The House by the Thames
Lidia Yuknavitch: The Book of Joan
Emily Ruskovich: Idaho
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo
Nicole Krauss: Forrest Dark
Sebastian Barry: Days Without End
Lidia Yuknavitch: The Power
Joanne Harris: Gentlemen and Players
Julian Barnes: The Noise of Time
Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad
Donna Tartt: The Goldfinch
Margaret Atwood: Hag-Seed
Karen Jay Fowler: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Adam Biles: Feeding Time
Rabih Alameddine: An Unnecessary Woman
Tsitsi Dangarembga: Nervous Conditions
Ali Smith: How To Be Both
Paul Beatty: The Sellout
Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train
Graeme Macrae Burnet: His Bloody Project
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Buried Giant
Rachel Joyce: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Adam Johnson: Parasites Like Us
Nicole Krauss: The History of Love
Anne Tyler: A Spool of Blue Thread
Bernadine Evaristo: Blonde Roots
Naomi J. Williams: Landfalls
Sunjeev Sahota: The Year of the Runaways
Miranda July: The First Bad Man
Claire Fuller: Our Endless Numbered Days
Anthony Doerr: All the Light We Cannot See
Emma Healey: Elizabeth Is Missing
Ian McEwan: The Children Act
Junot Díaz: The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah: A Novel
Joshua Ferris: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
M. R. Carey: The Girl with All the Gifts
Bret Anthony Johnston: Remember Me Like This
Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Andrew O'Hagan: The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his Friend Marilyn Monroe
Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the Time Being
Salman Rushdie: The Enchantress of Florence
Patrick Ness: The Crane Wife
Lauren Groff: Arcadia
Eleanor Catton: The Rehearsal
Stevie Davies: Awakening
Carol Anshaw: Carry The One
Daniel Woodrell: The Maid's Version
A.M. Homes: May We Be Forgiven
Toni Morrison: Home
Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl
Aravind Adiga: The White Tiger
Elizabeth Strout: Olive Kitteridge
Ben Fountain: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
China Miéville: The City and the City
Patrick deWitt: The Sisters Brothers
Michel Faber: The Crimson Petal and the White
Amy Waldman: The Submission
Miriam Toews: Irma Voth
David Nicholls: One Day
Colum McCann: Let the Great World Spin
Michael Chabon: The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Andrew Miller: Pure
Jennifer Egan: A Visit from the Goon Squad
Emma Tennant: The Ballad of Sylvia and Ted
Stephen Kelman: Pigeon English
Ann Patchett: Bel Canto
Jane Gardam: Old Filth
Austin Wright: Tony & Susan
Dara Horn: The World To Come
Siri Hustvedt: The Summer Without Men
Åsne Seierstad: The Bookseller of Kabul
Kathryn Stockett: The Help
Daniel Woodrell: Winter's Bone
Kei Miller: The Last Warner Woman
Sebastian Faulks: Birdsong
Ian McEwan: Solar
Tash Aw: Map of the Invisible World
Marilynne Robinson: Gilead
Caryl Phillips: Cambridge
Fay Weldon: The Stepmother's Diary
Nicholas Baker: A Box of Matches
Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife
Alan Bennett: The Uncommon Reader
Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials
Michel Faber: Under The Skin
John Burnside: The Devil's Footprints
David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas
Lloyd Jones: Mr Pip
Douglas Coupland: The Gum Thief
Graham Swift: The Light of Day
Gail Jones: Sorry
Iain Banks: The Crow Road
Anne Enright: Taking Pictures
J. M. Coetzee: Disgrace
Jackie Kay: The Adoption Papers
Paul Auster: New York Trilogy
Martin Amis: House of Meetings
Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Mordecai Richler: Barney's Version
David Lodge: Author, Author
Julian Barnes: Arthur & George
Vienna Lit (eds): Vienna Views
Marina Lewycka: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Carol Ann Duffy: The World's Wife
Zadie Smith: On Beauty
John Updike: Terrorist
Ali Smith: The Accidental
Mitch Albom: Tuesdays with Morrie
Mitch Albom: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Nick Hornby: A Long Way Down
Lionel Shriver: We Need To Talk About Kevin
Kate Fox: Watching the English
Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus
Ian McEwan: Saturday
Jasper Fforde: The Eyre Affair
Andrea Levy: Small Island
  
 
 
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