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Goethe Pop Up Book Klub: Barbara Yelin's IRMINA

Join Goethe Pop Up Seattle at our October online book club meeting! Simply send an email to info-seattle@goethe.de to receive the Zoom access code.

The book club is free and open to everyone interested, but participants must purchase the individual texts themselves and are expected to have read the title to be discussed prior to the meeting.

Our selection for October, Barbara Yelin's IRMINA, looks at the decision between personal freedom and ambition. Based on a true story, the graphic novel uses dense and evocative images to show a fractured career that exemplifies the complicity of many who participated in National Socialism. In the mid-1930s, young German Irmina moves to London, where she meets Howard Green, one of the first black students at Oxford, who, like Irmina, is working towards an independent existence. However, their relationship comes to an end when Irmina, constrained by the political situation in Hitler's Germany, is forced to return home. As war approaches, it becomes clear that Irmina's prosperity is only possible through the betrayals of her ideals.

Feel free to read the title in German or English; the discussion will take place in English.

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