Just because we are stuck at home for another home doesn’t mean we can’t discuss books. Join our June book club meeting online! Simply send an email to email@example.com to receive the Zoom access code.
The Book Club is free and open to everyone interested, but participants must purchase the individual texts themselves and are expected to have read the title to be discussed prior to the meeting. Feel free to read this month’s title in its English translation or original German; the discussion will be in English.
This month we’re reading BESIDE MYSELF (German: Außer sich) from author Sasha Marianna Salzmann. “Beside Myself” is the disturbing and exhilarating story of a family across four generations. At its heart is one woman’s search for her twin brother. When Anton goes missing and the only clue is a postcard sent from Istanbul, Alissa leaves her life in Berlin to find him. Without her twin, the sharer of her memories and the mirror of her own self, Ali is lost. In a city steeped in political and social changes, where you can buy gender-changing drugs on the street, Ali’s search—for her missing brother, for her identity—will take her on a journey for connection and belonging.
If you are having difficulties getting ahold of the German version, we suggest visiting the Goethe-Institut’s eLibrary: https://www.onleihe.de/goethe-institut/frontend/mediaInfo,0-0-571846046-200-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.html. You can temporarily check out the digital version of “Außer sich” (free, but registration is required to do so).