Reading Group: Goethe Pop Up Online Book Klub: Timothy Snyder & Nora Krug's ON TYRANNY
Read our book of the month and join us for a discussion online! Simply register via Eventbrite to receive Zoom access info.
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.
This month’s selection is available for pre-order in English and in German (publication date October 5, 2021). The discussion will be in English.
*** Hear from Timothy Snyder and Nora Krug in a special event with Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Elliott Bay Book Company, and UW's Department of German Studies and Center for West European Studies! Snyder and Krug join us for a book talk on Friday, October 29, at 6pm PDT. Register for the free online event at https://bit.ly/ontyranny_seattle ***
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century By Timothy Snyder. Illustrated by Nora Krug. 128 pp
Timothy Snyder’s New York Times bestseller "On Tyranny" uses the darkest moments in twentieth-century history, from Nazism to Communism, to teach twenty lessons on resisting modern-day authoritarianism. Among the twenty include a warning to be aware of how symbols used today could affect tomorrow (“4: Take responsibility for the face of the world”), an urgent reminder to research everything for yourself and to the fullest extent (“11: Investigate”), a point to use personalized and individualized speech rather than clichéd phrases for the sake of mass appeal (“9: Be kind to our language”), and more.
In this graphic edition, renowned illustrator Nora Krug draws from her highly inventive art style in "Belonging"—at once a graphic memoir, collage-style scrapbook, historical narrative, and trove of memories—to breathe new life, color, and power into Snyder’s riveting historical references, turning a quick-read pocket guide of lessons into a visually striking rumination. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of "On Tyranny" emphasizes the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance.
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