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In Translation Book Club - THE WORDS THAT REMAIN

Location Lost City Books 2467 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States
Date Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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On Thursday, March 21, 2024, the In Translation Book Club will convene at Lost City Books in Washington, DC, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The featured book for this gathering is "The Words That Remain" by Stênio Gardel, skillfully translated by Bruna Dantas Lobato. The novel delves into the poignant story of Raimundo, a man haunted by a letter received over fifty years ago from his past lover, Cicero. Hindered by a lack of literacy due to his impoverished upbringing in Brazil, Raimundo grapples with the longing contained in the missive. The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of Brazil's little-explored hinterland and its urban landscapes, weaving a tale of repression, violence, and shame, juxtaposed with themes of survival and endurance. At the age of seventy-one, Raimundo finally gains an education, allowing him to unlock the secrets of the letter and confront the ghosts of his past. "The Words That Remain" presents a sweeping exploration of the universal power of language and the written word, shedding light on the impact they have on our relationships and the triumph of an unforgettable character on the fringes of society. Book enthusiasts are invited to join this thought-provoking discussion at Lost City Books.

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