Writers From the Other Europe
W 2019

Description

Philip Roth traveled to Prague in 1973 to experience Kafka’s home city.  Inspired by his meetings with Central European writers, he developed a paperback series of outstanding and influential works of fiction of Central European writers.  Although well known in their own countries, they were unknown in the West.  Roth wished to introduce what he called “the other Europe”.  In our SDG we will read the first four novels in the series which are available in one boxed set, two additional novels By Kundera and Schulz and Prague Orgy by Philip Roth.  We will supplement these novels with writings by Philip Roth that relate to our authors.

Weekly Topics

We will read the four novels in the original set, two additional novels, one novel every two weeks,  and works by Philip Roth, for two weeks, which relate to the authors, novels and Central Europe.

Week 1. Introduction to the writers with information about Philip Roth’s conception of the project. Discuss Bruno Schulz and the first half of The Street of Crocodiles.

Week 2.  Discuss 2nd half of The Street of Crocodiles

Week 3.  Discuss 1st half of Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass by Bruno Schulz

Week 4.  2nd half of Sanatorium....

Week 5.  Introduce Tadeusz Borowski.  Discuss first 5 stories in This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Week 6.  Discuss last 6 stories in Borowski book.

Week 7.  Introduce Danilo Kis.  Read 1st half of A Tomb for Boris Davidovich.

Week 8.  2nd half of A Tomb...

Week 9.  Introduce Milan Kundera.  Discuss first half of Laughable Loves

Week 10.  2nd half of Laughable Loves

Week 11.  1st half of The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Week 12.  2nd half of The Book...

Week 13.  Prague Orgy by Philip Roth

Week 14. Philip Roth, essays in Why Write?  “I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting; or Looking at Kafka”;  “Conversation in Prague with Ivan Klima”;  “Conversation in New York with Isaac Bashevis Singer about Bruno Schulz”;  “Conversation in London and Connecticut with Milan Kundera” and “A Czech Education”.  

             

Bibliography

Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass by Bruno Schulz, Penguin Press

The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz, Penguin Press

A Tomb for Boris Davidovich by Danilo Kis, Penguin Press

Laughable Loves by Milan Kundera, Penguin Press

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Milan Kundera, Penguin Press

This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski, Penguin Press

Why Write? by Philip Roth, The Library of America, 2017  “I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting; or Looking at Kafka”, “Conversation in Prague with Ivan Klima”, “Conversation in New York with Isaac Bashevis Singer about Bruno Schulz”, “Conversation in London and Connecticut with Milan Kundera”, “A Czech Education”

The Prague Orgy, Philip Roth, Penguin

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