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Book Club Online

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Museum book club reads a wide range of books from the Nordic countries.
This is a free event and you can register by emailing museum@samac.org.

Here are the upcoming book club books:
February
Antiphony by Laila Stien
March
Pakkis by Khalid Hussain

The books can be bought in the Museum Store.

About Antiphony
The narrator, a young social scientist who works for a newspaper in Oslo, goes to Northern Norway on leave after a colleague tells her she lacks initiative. On the surface she is supposed to write a book about structural relationships among the Sami (formerly Lapps). However, loneliness, in spite of a good social life with her friends in Oslo, a tense relationship with her own family, and a feeling of stagnation in her career seem to be the main reasons for her going away.

She becomes acquainted with three generations of Sami women, hears their stories and attempts to make sense of them. Soon she loses her role as impartial observer and becomes more involved in their lives. The more she discovers, the less she feels she understands.

The novel presents a wonderful picture of Sami culture in transition and in the face of inevitable outside forces. In this sense it is a much more universal work demonstrating how an indigenous culture reacts to a dominant culture and what happens over the course of a relatively short period. The novel is also an anti- or non-ethnography in a sense, blurring the lines between the center/periphery (narrator/Sami women).

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February 26
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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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