Maxim Februari at University College Utrecht
Foto: Arthur van der Werf
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An evening with acclaimed Dutch writer and columnist Maxim Februari (1963) at UCU. This event will be in English and is open to all.
University College Utrecht welcomes the Dutch writer, lawyer and philosopher Maxim Februari on Thursday 13 September. Februari will read from his work, will be interviewed and will engage with the audience. The event is open to all interested.
Part of the evening is devoted to a discussion of Februari’s The Book Club (originally published in Dutch as De literaire kring), a novel that begs questions about morals and virtues, about Dostoevsky and Sex and the City, and about how to save the world. Or should we try to save something else? The Book Club is the selected novel for One Book One Campus at UCU, a communal reading event taking place in the Fall semester of 2018, on the occasion of UCU’s 20th anniversary. You don’t need to have read the book in advance, but be prepared for plot spoilers!
19.30 Auditorium open
20.00 Start evening
With live music by UCU students; drinks afterwards.
About the author
Maxim Februari (1963) is a Dutch novelist, essayist, and columnist. He holds degrees in Law, Art History and Philosophy, and wrote a PhD on the limitations of rationality in economics. He is a member of the Dutch Expert Group Aviation Safety. Currently, he is highly engaged in the debate about datafication, information and privacy. Two of his books have been translated into English: The Book Club (2010) and The making of a man: notes on transsexuality (2015).
About One Book One Campus
The purpose of One Book, One Campus is to enjoy reading together, to stimulate conversations on current social issues, and to enhance the social and intellectual community. The One Book One Campus format was first introduced in the US in the early 2000s, and has become popular at many American universities. One Book One Campus at UCU is the first project of its kind at a Dutch university.
About the novel
The Book Club is an engaging novel about the power of the elite, about global trade and local responsibility, and about reading fiction. 30-year old Teresa Pellikaan gradually discovers a dark secret in her village when the local book club, chaired by her father Randolf Pellikaan, an eminent lawyer, is remarkably reluctant to read the bestseller of the homegrown writer Ruth Ackermann.