FOUND IN TRANSLATION Book Group / Alejandro Zambra's BONSAI
Where: 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, California 94117
A prizewinning sensation in Chile, Bonsai is the lightest, yet also the most complex, 90 pages you will read this year. Part story of a love affair (yet on the very first page Zambra informs us “in the end she dies and he remains alone”), part metafictional game (the protagonist eventually starts to write a novel suspiciously similar to the one we’re reading), and part meditation on how books are like bonsai trees (they both rely on containers to make sense), this book is perfect for a lengthy discussion. Bonsai has more metaphors and aphorisms than most books twice its length, and we’ll have a great time discussing this book that had all of Chile reading.