Lit Syndicate #39: Go, Went, Gone

July's book club pick is Jenny Erpenbeck’s timely novel Go, Went, Gone! Complimentary wine and sweets from Vanille Patisserie will be available to sip/nibble at 6:30PM, and the discussion will start promptly at 7.

About the book: Upon seeing some African refugees staging a hunger strike in a Berlin park, the routine existence of a retired German classics professor (Richard) is abruptly changed forever. Go, Went, Gone is a touching portrait of a man whose curiosity turns into compassion, a powerful meditation on the harrowing fate of refugees and a scathing indictment of bureaucratic policy. The tragic stories and fraught futures of the migrants is powerfully told in a narrative that is calm, almost matter-of-fact (in what one reviewer called "lyrically austere prose"), and suggests that the asylum seekers and Richard (himself the victim of the "mayhem of war") share a common history of displacement. A powerful tale, intense and unsettling, gripping and thought-provoking, that appeals to our conscience and common humanity--- just like the main character Richard, we, the reader, are profoundly changed by the dozen or so refugees we meet here.

Go, Went, Gone Cover Image
By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811225946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2017

Event date: 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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