Lectures & Literary past

Nordic Book Club Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir


TUE—DEC 3—6 PM, free

This month, we’re reading Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize. Compulsive to fix things, 50-year-old Jónas Ebenezer finds himself unable to fix his own life — his divorce and discovery that he is not his daughter’s biological father has sent him into existential crisis. Armed with little more than his toolbox, he flies to an unnamed and recently war-torn country, where he books a room at the Hotel Silence. As he begins to build a community among the other hotel residents, their own deep scars enable him to see his wounds in a new light.