August 2021 Translated Literature Book Club Meeting

I’m so grateful we could meet physically on the one-year anniversary of our book club and over a picnic at the beautiful green space at SMU at that. It was our first picnic and I think we pretty liked the idea and might try doing that again. We also welcomed two new friends and were happy to hear their thoughts about Samanta Schweblin’s Little Eyes. 

Originally published in Spanish in 2018 and translated into English by Megan McDowell in 2020, Little Eyes might not be the easiest book to follow with its alternating stories of several characters. It was interesting listening to different perspectives and insights that each of us had about Schweblin’s style of writing (Did the novel start out well but didn’t end up going anywhere?), qualification as a sci-fi writer (Did the novel fulfil the criteria of a sci-fi novel or fall miserably short? What’s the criteria anyway?), as well as issues about technology, surveillance, social media, and so on.

Here are some questions we discussed:

  • Was the novel easy to follow?
  • What made you feel most uncomfortable in the novel?
  • How did you find the author’s style of writing?
  • Would you want to be a kentuki keeper or dweller? Why?
  • Which character or story stood out most to you?
  • Did the novel remind you of a film or book?

September 2021 Book Club Selection

We’ve decided to read Indonesian writer Paramaditha Intan’s The Wandering for our September book club! Come join us to discuss this choose-your-own-adventure novel. For more details on our September book club, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

*Harriett Press’s Translated Literature Book Club is a monthly book club that meets to discuss a translated book selected for the month. Anyone is welcome to join us!⁠ Find out more about book club meetings by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!