POUNDING AT THE PORTALS OF HIS BRAIN
In Other Words Book Club reads Who Is Martha? > FEB 24
In Other Words will focus will on authors who have migrated and adapted to a different country, writing in the new languages of their adopted homes. The goal is to introduce Canadians to European books and authors by bridging cultures and allowing readers to discover contemporary European authors and their works.
EUNIC is the network of the European cultural relations institutes in Toronto and is formed by Alliance Française and the Consulate general of France, Camões Toronto, Italian Cultural Institute and Goethe-Institut Toronto.
ABOUT WHO IS MARTHA? BY MARJANA GAPONENKO
In this rollicking novel, 96-year-old ornithologist Luka Levadski foregoes treatment for lung cancer and moves from Ukraine to Vienna to make a grand exit in a luxury suite at the Hotel Imperial. He reflects on his past while indulging in Viennese cakes and savoring music in a gilded concert hall. Levadski was born in 1914, the same year that Martha Aû the last of the now-extinct passenger pigeons Aû died. Levadski himself has an acute sense of being the last of a species. He may have devoted much of his existence to studying birds, but now he befriends a hotel butler and another elderly guest, who also doesn't have much time left, to share in the lively escapades of his final days. This gloriously written tale, in which Levadski feels 'his heart pounding at the portals of his brain,' mixes piquant wit with lofty musings about life, friendship, aging, and death.
Marjana Gaponenko was born in 1981 in Odessa, Ukraine. She fell in love with the German language as a young girl, and began writing in German when she was sixteen. She now lives in Vienna and Mainz.
IN OTHER WORDS BOOK CLUB MEETING: WHO IS MARTHA? BY MARJANA GOPONENKO
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Wednesday February 24, 2016 > 7pm-9pm
BYO snacks etc.