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Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things and Jose Saramego’s Blindness

Fri, May 1 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Free: Registration required

A free 90-minute online Delve discussion on Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things and Jose Saramego’s Blindness. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Registered participants will receive information on how to sign on to the Zoom meeting. Led by Delve guide Ivonne Saed.

Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss the following questions, and to bring their own as well.

  • Reflect on Saramago’s social critique and the way he writes about the blindness epidemic as a representation of the different roles and attitudes people take in times of crisis.
  • The Last Things: What are the objective and non-objective things that can become the last in uncertain times? Is the cooperation in the different “societies” of the novel nihilistic or auspicious?

Ivonne Saed

Graphic designer, writer, translator, and photographer, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual, both in her creative work and in teaching. Her novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Triple Chronicle of a Name), which has been discussed in academic journals, was awarded a mention of honor in the Juan Rulfo National Prize for First Novel in Mexico. She is the author of the non-fiction Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (On Paul Auster: Authorship, Dystopia and Textuality) and she has co-authored other fiction and non-fiction books, and has published book reviews, short fiction and photos in several newspapers and magazines in Mexico and the US. She’s taught literature at Oregon State University, Marylhurst University and Universidad Iberoamericana, and she’s been a Delve guide since 2011. Her work has been staged with Jewish Theatre Collaborative (Portland) and Jewish Women’s Theatre (Los Angeles).
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