Fiction Book Club - "The Museum of Unconditional Surrender" by Dubravka Ugrešić

Fiction Book Club -
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender
by Dubravka Ugrešić!

Join our Fiction Book Club in a monthly meeting to discuss a wide array of literary fiction. With an eclectic mix of authors, themes, periods, and styles, this group will explore both classic and contemporary literature. Join us for friendly discussions usually on the second Tuesday of each month. For questions about this club, email Matt at matt@unabridgedbookstore.com.

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugrešić on Tuesday, April 14th at 7pm.

The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, by the renowned Yugoslavian writer Dubravka Ugrešić, begins in the Berlin Zoo, with the contents of Roland the Walrus's stomach displayed beside his pool (Roland died in August, 1961). These objects--a cigarette lighter, lollipop sticks, a beer-bottle opener, etc.--like the fictional pieces of the novel itself, are seemingly random at first, but eventually coalesce, meaningfully and poetically.

Written in a variety of literary forms, The Museum of Unconditional Surrender captures the shattered world of a life in exile. Some chapters re-create the daily journal of the narrator's lonely and alienated mother, who shops at the improvised flea-markets in town and longs for her children; another is a dream-like narrative in which a circle of women friends are visited by an angel. There are reflections and accounts of the Holocaust and the Yugoslav Civil War; portraits of European artists; a recipe for Caraway Soup; a moving story of a romantic encounter the narrator has in Lisbon; descriptions of family photographs; memories of the small town in which
Ugrešić was raised.

Addressing the themes of art and history, aging and loss, The Museum is a haunting and an extremely original novel. In the words of the Times Literary Supplement, "it is vivid in its denunciation of destructive forces and in its evocation of what is at stake."

Dubravka Ugrešić is the author of several works of fiction, including The Museum of Unconditional Surrender and Fording the Stream of Consciousness, and three collections of essays, Have a Nice Day, The Culture of Lies, and Thank You for Not Reading. She has received several international prizes for her writing, including the Swiss Charles Veillon European Essay Prize, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, and most recently the Premio Feronio-Citta di Fiano. Born and raised in the former Yugoslavia, she left her homeland in 1993 for political reasons and currently lives in Amsterdam.
 

 
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender Cover Image
By Dubravka Ugresic, Celia Hawkesworth (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811214933
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: New Directions - February 17th, 2002

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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