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Book Club


Led by QAGOMA Members Book Club facilitator Eve Jensen, Autumn Book Club sessions continue to explore the themes of nature, spirituality and the world through classic and contemporary Chinese literature.

Selected texts provide opportunities to engage with and discuss ideas presented in the exhibition ‘Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth’, on display at GOMA until 11 May 2014.

Book in for one or all three sessions to join the discussion — or read along at home!

Jiang Rong’s

March Book Club

Jiang Rong's

Wolf Totem   2004

Thursday 27 March | 10.30am & 1.30pm
Saturday 29 March | 10.30am & 1.30pm

Jiang Rong's Wolf Totem (2004), winner of the 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize, is an epic Chinese tale set in the 1960s, on the eve of the Cultural Revolution, and depicts the dying culture of the nomadic Mongols alongside the parallel extinction of the animal they believe to be sacred — the Mongolian wolf. Part period epic, part modern fable, Wolf Totem is a fascinating journey into the heart of Chinese culture and philosophy.

Dai Sijie

April Book Club

Dai Sijie

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress  2006

Thursday 24 April | 10.30am & 1.30pm
Saturday 26 April | 10.30am & 1.30pm

Set in 1971, at the height of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2006, translated by Ina Rilke) is an enchanting and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit and a moving testament to the transformative power of literature. The result is a captivatingly original, absurdly funny, and surprising tale that is part historical novel, part fable, part love story.

Gao Xingjian

May Book Club

Gao Xingjian

Soul Mountain   1989

Thursday 22 May | 10.30am & 1.30pm
Saturday 24 May | 10.30am & 1.30pm

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, Gao Xingjian's Soul Mountain (1989) is an epic voyage of discovery. Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer and artist Xingjian takes the reader on a complicated and heartfelt journey through remote mountains and rural villages, reflecting on the influence of the Cultural Revolution on both the landscape and the people of China.

Pre-order your books to avoid disappointment — please contact the QAGOMA Store on (07) 3840 7290 at the beginning of the season.

To register for the Summer Book Club sessions, please call (07) 3840 7278 (places are strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment) / $10 per meeting for QAGOMA Members / $15 Members’ guests (includes coffee and tea and sweets).