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Announcing the Book Club Schedule!

The votes are in, and the winner of the poll for the first book to be discussed in the Big Other Book Club is Tom McCarthy’s C.  Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, hailed by many and knocked by maybe even more, McCarthy describes the book as dealing with technology and mourning.  I’m excited to have, as our first book for discussion, a contest finalist that’s merit has been argued.  All the more fuel for our discussion. I’ll start reading quite soon, and begin posting questions, comments and death threats in January.

In the  mean time, here’s the rest of the schedule for 2011:

January: Tom McCarthy C

February: Mary Caponegro The Complexities of Intimacy

March: Manuel Puig Betrayed by Rita Hayworth

April: Stanley Elkin Searches and Seizures: 3 Novellas

May: Djuna Barnes Nightwood

June: Lyn Hejinian My Life

July: John Barth The Sotweed Factor

August: Gordon Lish Peru

September: John Gardner and John Maier translation of Gilgamesh

October: John Hawkes Travesty

November: Helen Vendler Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries

December: Mo Yan Big Breasts and Wide Hips

9 thoughts on “Announcing the Book Club Schedule!

  1. I should just point out that C was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, but didn’t win.

    Not all of these are readily available in the UK (amazon is my friend), but I’ll do what I can to keep up.

    1. Oh, dear, that’s terribly embarrassing about my error with the Booker. I had a long conversation with someone in which they repeatedly said it won. I should have done some fact-checking. Apologies! I’m going to change that now.

      Also, apologies that they might not all be an easily acquired outside the states. I hope you’ll participate when you can!

    1. Both. Adam suggested the Gardner edition, but said we’d be compelled to read every other translation after that!

      1. Hey, Jac,

        Okay–Adam is likely correct about wanting to read all the other translations. Stephen Mitchell has put out a good one recently and probably the most comprehensive edition for the lay reader is that by Andrew George (and so many folks prefer Ferry’s version). But be careful…you will end up like me and buy any and all things Sumerian from The Treasures of Darkness by Jacobsen to anything by Kramer or Bottero. And honestly, you could do worse than starting with the early section devoted to Gilgamesh in Harrison’s Forests.

        Gilgamesh is undeniably the “starting point” where we can begin to really feel the divide between man’s dream of MAN and the reality of the natural animal that is the human. We begin to usher in the “divisive” use of technology (writing!) that is so memorably evoked in the Tower of Babel story in Genesis (baking bricks to build to the “tops of the heavens”).

        Excellent choice. It should be kindergarten reading for all of us.

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