World Literature

Do you have great classics of world literature – Milton, Dostoyevsky, Melville, Joyce – sitting quietly on your bookshelves, classics you’ve never quite got around to reading? Or perhaps you read them many years ago and would love a chance to explore and discuss them again. If so, this group is for you. Over a period of typically 4 to 6 get-togethers, we’ll delve into one of these masterpieces of prose or poetry, focusing not just on the text but also on the historical and literary context. It will give us the chance as a group to really ‘get under the skin’ of each work.

The world literature theme has proved very popular and we now have two groups meeting monthly. Both have now completed our initial book, Homer’s Odyssey.

From April 2018 we’ll be discussing two different books in English translation:

– Vasily Grossman’s modern Russian epic Life and Fate, centred on the battle of Stalingrad
– Stendhal’s classic The Red and the Black, set in post-Napoleonic France

Future books will be chosen by members of the group.

Frequency: Fortnightly
When : First Friday of each month, from 2.30 till 4.00 p.m. (Stendhal)
When : Last Friday of each month, from 2.30 till 4.00 p.m. (Grossman)
Where : Local venues
Number of places per meeting : 8-10

Group Convener: David Hunter

David Hunter is a published author with a keen interest in world literature.

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