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Women In Translation: Fish Soup

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23.05.2022 : 19:00 - 20:00
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The Women In Translation 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.

Our May meeting of Women In Translation will be unpacking the contemporary Colombian masterpiece that is Margarita Garcia Robayo's Fish Soup, translated by Charlotte Coombe.

In two novellas and seven short stories, Fish Soup blends cynicism and beauty with a rich vein of dark humour.

"Waiting for a Hurricane" follows a girl obsessed with escaping both her life and her country. Emotionally detached from her family, and disillusioned with what the future holds if she remains, she takes ever more drastic steps to achieve her goal, seemingly oblivious to the damage she is causing both herself and those around her. "Worse Things" offers snapshots of lives in turmoil, frayed relationships, family taboos, and rejection of and by society.

And "Sexual Education" examines the attempts of a student to tally the strict doctrine of abstinence taught at her school with the very different moral norms that prevail in her social circles.At once blunt and poetic, Garcia Robayo delves into the lives of her characters, simultaneously evoking sympathy and revulsion, challenging the reader's loyalties throughout the remarkable universe that is Fish Soup.

Please order your copy of Fish Soup 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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