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The Impostor by Javier Cercas

Hosted by the Consul of the Brussels Book Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sun 31 Mar 16:00 - 18:00

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Dear friends and book lovers,

For the month of March, we will focus our attention on the mind blowing story of The Impostor, written by Javier Cercas.

The Impostor is a true story that is packed with fiction – fiction created by its main character, Enric Marco. But who is Enric Marco? A veteran of the Spanish civil war, a fighter against fascism, an impassioned campaigner for justice, and a survivor of the Nazi death camps? Or, is he simply an old man with delusions of grandeur, a charlatan who fabricated his heroic war record, who was never a prisoner in the Third Reich and never opposed Franco, but simply a charming, beguiling and compulsive liar who refashioned himself as a defender of liberty and who was unmasked in Protected content the height of his influence and renown?

In this novel – part narrative, part history, part essay, part biography, part autobiography – Javier Cercas unravels the man and delves with passion and honesty into the most ambiguous aspects of what makes us human – our infinite capacity for self-deception, our need for conformity, our thirst for affection and our conflicting needs for fiction and for the truth.
Curious to find out more ? Read the book and join us for another one of our interesting discussions !

Even if you don't manage to read the book entirely, you remain more than welcome to take part in our talks !

Suggestions for upcoming reads remain welcome as well,

Looking forward to welcoming you all at my home again for another wonderful discussion.

Should the weather turn out to be really lovely the days prior to our gathering, I will send all attendees on the list a proposal to meet in a nice outdoor setting (Park of Bois de la Cambre) so we can enjoy the sunshine ànd discuss books at the same time.

Welcome on board !