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Bending Memory: Exploring Amélie Nothomb’s Autobiographies with Thais Vitorelli


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Five Sessions Mondays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT March 25 to July 15, 2024

Online via Zoom

Registration for this group is closed.

Meeting Dates:
3/25, 4/22, 5/20, 6/17, 7/15
Online via Zoom

The aim of our reading group is to experience and discuss Nothomb’s unique approach to autobiographical fiction. Each of the selected novels offers a distinct perspective on how she challenges conventional notions of authorship and narrative truth. From the whimsical to the profound, Nothomb’s exploration of identity, desire, and societal norms bends into her own memories and invites us to revisit our own. The reading group will work as a space for participants to share their insights and interpretations, and to pose questions on these thought-provoking novels.

Please read The Character of Rain for our first class.

  • Session I: The Character of Rain
  • Session II: Loving Sabotage
  • Session III: Life of Hunger
  • Session IV: Fear and Trembling
  • Session V: Tokyo Fiancée

What to expect from this reading group: Conversational and participant-driven.


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    Thais Vitorelli

    Thais Vitorelli

    Thais Vitorelli is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and educator from São Paulo, Brazil. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from The New School, and sometimes experiments with poetry and autofiction. Her stories have been featured in the Inquisitive Eater, Share Literary Journal, Pitch Wars, and Coca-Cola Refreshing Films.