Lectures & Literary past

Online Nordic Book Club THEY WILL DROWN IN THEIR MOTHER’S TEARS by Johannes Anyuru


TUE—May 26—6 PM, free

**Nordic Book Club will take place as an online meeting**

Read and discuss Scandinavian literature in translation as part of our Nordic Book Club, now online! Each month we select a novel from some of the best Nordic literary voices. Discussions have typically taken place the last Tuesday of the month at Scandinavia House but will now be taking place as an online meeting. Register here to sign up for the meeting; registrants will receive a web link to where the meeting will take place.

Book club participants will all appear online at the start of the meeting when they log in so that they are able to take part in the conversation. For participants who would prefer not to be visible onscreen, see an easy tutorial online here on how to set a profile image that will appear onscreen instead.

This week we’re reading They Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears by Swedish-Ugandan author Johannes Anyuru. In the midst of a terrorist attack on a reading by a controversial comic-book artist, one of the attackers has a sudden premonition that alters the course of history. Two years later, the attacker invites a famous writer to visit her in a criminal psychiatric clinic and shares an incredible story — she is a visitor from an alternate, dystopian future. Despite his initial skepticism, the writer becomes increasingly fascinated by her story. And as he becomes more and more implicated in the woman’s tale, he also begins to consider that she’s telling the truth.