December Book Club Selection: 'One Hundred Years of Vicissitude' by Andrez Bergen

LitReactor Book Club

Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For December we will be reading and discussing One Hundred Years of Vicissitude by Andrez Bergen . Here's a synopsis:

"First up, a disclaimer. I suspect I am a dead man. I have meagre proof, no framed- up certification, nothing to toss in a court of law as evidence of a rapid departure from the mortal coil. I recall a gun was involved, pressed up against my skull, and a loud explosion followed."

Thus begins our narrator in a purgatorial tour through twentieth-century Japanese history, with a ghostly geisha who has seen it all as a guide and a corrupt millionaire as her reluctant companion.

Thrown into the milieu are saké, B-29s, Lewis Carroll, Sir Thomas Malory, Melbourne, 'The Wizard of Oz', and a dirigible - along with the allusion that Red Riding Hood might just be involved.

Discussion for One Hundred Years of Vicissitude will kick off on December 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP!  (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!)  That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.

If you read our November Book Club selection, Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.

Happy reading!

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Joshua Chaplinsky

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Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He is the author of The Paradox Twins (CLASH Books), the story collection Whispers in the Ear of A Dreaming Ape, and the parody Kanye West—Reanimator. His short fiction has been published by Vice, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Thuglit, Severed Press, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Broken River Books, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @jaceycockrobin. More info at joshuachaplinsky.com and unravelingtheparadox.com.


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ReneeAPickup's picture
Class Facilitator
ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig November 5, 2012 - 10:20am

Such a great book!! I can't wait for the discussion. Hopefully Andrez will join us!

 

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Andrez Bergen from Melbourne, Australia + Tokyo, Japan is reading 'The Spirit' by Will Eisner November 5, 2012 - 1:06pm

Thanks R (again!). Yep, I'll definitely be sticking my nose in... ;) Can't wait.