For this special Feminist Book Fortnight edition of the book club, we’ll be reading Argentinian writer Ariana Harwicz’s Die, My Love, translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff and published by Edinburgh’s own Charco Press. Following Carolina’s introductory talk (places for which can be reserved here), we’ll be discussing this wild, brutal book that has been compared to the work to Clarice Lispector.
In a forgotten patch of French countryside, a woman is battling her demons – embracing exclusion yet wanting to belong, craving freedom whilst feeling trapped, yearning for family life but at the same time wanting to burn the entire house down. Given surprising leeway by her family for her increasingly erratic behaviour, she nevertheless feels ever more stifled and repressed. Motherhood, womanhood, the banality of love, the terrors of desire, the inexplicable brutality of ‘another person carrying your heart forever’ – Die, My Love faces all this with a raw intensity. It’s not a question of if a breaking point will be reached, but rather when and how violent a form will it take?
“There’s a touch of David Lynch to the best moments…this [isn’t] an easy read – but then, it isn’t meant to be.” – The Guardian
The reading group provides a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions are shared and new appreciations can be discovered. There is wine, curious minds and relaxed conversation. Come and join our warm bookish group – all are welcome.