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Women in Translation Book Group: IGIFU

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25.10.21 : 19:00 - 20:00
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The reading group provides a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions are shared and new appreciations can be discovered. A place for curious minds and relaxed conversation hosted by poet and translator Annie Rutherford. Come and join our warm bookish group, which currently meets online – all are welcome!

Our October book is Igifu by Scholastique Mukasonga, translated by Jordan Stump.

Scholastique Mukasonga's autobiographical stories rend a glorious Rwanda from the obliterating force of recent history, conjuring the noble cows of her home or the dew-swollen grass they graze on. In the title story, five-year-old Colomba tells of a merciless overlord, hunger or igifu, gnawing away at her belly.

She searches for sap at the bud of a flower, scraps of sweet potato at the foot of her parent s bed, or a few grains of sorghum in the floor sweepings.

Igifu becomes a dizzying hole in her stomach, a plunging abyss into which she falls.

Please order your copy of Igifu from the bookshop - which supports the books and helps us cover the cost of running bookclub - get a 10% discount using code LONG-VICTORIOUS-WIT

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