The CSB/SJU Libraries and the World Languages Center invite you to see the world through a detective’s magnifying glass. We are hosting the Worldwide Mystery Book Group, reading mystery novels in translation. The Libraries will loan copies of the books to participants. Join us for one or both book discussions, which will look at ways culture is revealed in popular fiction.
Out by Natsuo Kirino, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder
Discussion led by Prof. Jeffrey DuBois
Four women who work the night shift in a Tokyo factory that produces boxed lunches find their lives completely upended in this grim, page-turning murder mystery, which won Japan's top mystery award, the Grand Prix. Publisher’s Weekly notes: “Despite the female bonding, this dark, violent novel is more evocative of Gogol or Dostoyevsky than Thelma and Louise.”
Read the New York Times review of Out.
Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer, translated from the Afrikaans by K. L. Seegers
Discussion led by Mary Jane Berger, OSB
South African Detective Benny Griessel is fighting his way back from years of alcoholism. He has burned so many bridges his position with the police is tenuous, so he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring the new generation of crime fighters: mixed race, Xhosa, and Zulu. When an American student backpacker disappears in Capetown, Benny’s team has just 13 hours to save the student while navigating the political and social changes in postapartheid South Africa.Listen to Deon Meyer explain why he writes in Afrikaans