European Book Club - April

Date: 30 Apr 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm (GMT-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Join us for our monthly European Book Club. Each month's book selection is written by a European author and translated into English. Come discuss this month's book and enjoy light refreshments.

Book of the Month:  
"Street of Thieves" by Mathias Énard (France)

Summary:
Exiled from his family for religious transgressions related to his feelings for his cousin, Lakhdar finds himself on the streets of Barcelona hiding from both the police and the Muslim Group for the Propagation of Koranic Thoughts, a group he worked for in Tangiers not long after being thrown out on the streets by his father. Lakhdar's transformations—from a boy into a man, from a devout Muslim into a sinner—take place against the backdrop of some of the most important events of the past few years: the violence and exciting eruption of the Arab Spring and the devastating collapse of Europe's economy. If all that isn't enough, Lakhdar reunites with a childhood friend—one who is planning an assassination, a murder Lakhdar opposes. --goodreads.com

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Author Bio:
French fiction author. He mainly writes novels with Arabic themes. At university, he studied Arabic and Persian. In 2000 he moved to Barcelona (Spain), where he writes all his works. His first novel was La Perfection du tir, released in 2003. Two more books were released before his first success, Zone, appeared in 2008. This book, written as a single sentence that continues along more than 500 pages, is an internal monologue of an ex veteran from the war between Israel and Palestine. His next oeuvre was an even a greater success: Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d'éléphants, a historical novel where Enard talks about the true experience of Michelangelo Buonarroti in Constantinople (Istanbul). In 2012 he published with Actes Sud Rue des voleurs. In 2015 Enard will release another ambitious book titled Boussole. --goodreads.com

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