Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, October 27th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.
Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.
The selected book is the thriller Cementerio de Praga /The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco. A whirlwind tour of conspiracy and political intrigue, this dark tale is delightfully embellished with sophisticated and playful commentary on, among other things, Freud, metafiction, and the challenges of historiography. Eco takes his readers on an unforgettable journey in nineteenth-century Europe which abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies, both real and imagined, lay one lone man?
According to Eco “the characters of this novel are not imaginary. Except the main character, they all lived in reality, including his grandfather, author of the mysterious letter which gave rise to all modern anti-Semitism”.
In November, Rincón Literario readers will discuss La vida loca / Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.
Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.