2015-05 Book Club

What: Orient Express by John Dos Passos

When: 20 May, 19:30 – RSVP on Meetup (optional ;))

Where: Bistro Lochergut (tram 2+3 ’Lochergut’)

Work doesn’t permit me to travel half as much as I’d like, but how about another piece of travel literature? This one is from a 1921 trip that took the author from Istanbul to Damascus, by way of Anatolia, the Caucasus, Persia and Mesopotamia (or Iran and Irak, respectively) – and from before the author was made famous by Manhattan Transfer. It sounds like a beautiful way to read about a region that nowadays only ever seems to appear in public view together with ’crisis’ or ’war’.

http://www.johndospassos.com/writings/orient-express

Note: This book appears hard to get in English. A recent German translation is much more readily available, from bookstores as well as libraries.

First suggested: March 2014

Supporter(s): Uli, Richie, Jessy, Michaela

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