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March Book Club

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Sun, March 11, 2018
04:00PM - 05:30PM
Home of Sathya Hanagud, PhD '63
2536 Flair Knoll Court, Atlanta GA 30305
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The March selection takes the Book Club into new territory: poetry!

The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once wrote, "On our earth, before writing was invented, before the printing press was invented, poetry flourished. That is why we know that poetry is like bread; it should be shared by all, by scholars and by peasants, by all our vast, incredible, extraordinary family of humanity." 

For the Stanford Club of Georgia's inaugural venture into poetry, we will be reading two selections, one by Neruda (1904-1973) and the other by his Argentine contemporary, Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986). Both of these formative Latin American literary voices followed the tradition of the American poet Walt Whitman, and yet are wholly unique. Neruda, a Nobel Laureate, is often associated with his prominent advocation of Communism, and was described by the great Spanish poet Federico García Lorca as "a poet closer to death than to philosophy, closer to pain than to insight, closer to blood than to ink..." Borges, an erudite author most famous for his prose works, was a formidable poet in his own right, whose voice is so unprecedented that critics had to invent the adjective "Borgesian" to capture his style. We will read two distinct collections, the first being The Essential Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems.  Simultaneously we will read  Poems of the Night, by Borges.  Both of which offer the original Spanish in addition to English translation, and whose translations were undertaken by an array of esteemed scholars.

Even if you have never participated in a book club before you are warmly invited to register on this site and join us. If you so desire, feel free to bake or make a snack to share, or bring a bottle of wine or a blend of tea you would like others to try. 

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