02-08-2012 11:02 PM
We journey to the Balkans this month with Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife. The novel was a National Book Award Finalist and one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 (according to the NYT).
Week 1, February 6 - 12: Chapter 1 (The Coast) through Chapter 3 (The Diggers)
Week 2, February 13 - 19: Chapter 4 (The Tiger) through Chapter 6 (The Fire)
Week 3, February 20 - 26: Chapter 7 (The Butcher) through Chapter 9 (The Bear)
Week 4, February 27 - March 4: Chapter 10 (The Crossroads) through Chapter 13 (The River) and the Novel as a Whole
(There's also a little pre-Chapter 1 bit and post-Chapter 13, not labelled as an introduction or epilogue, too.)
The Tiger's Wife is available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio.
02-10-2012 05:02 PM
Some maps to orient ourselves (when I learned geography, Yugoslavia was a country so I need a little help):
A rather simple map of the Balkan peninsula at World Atlas: http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/europe
Historical maps from the University of Texas-Austin: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/history_
1918 "ethnographic" map by Jovan Cvijić: http://www.wdl.org/en/item/93/
The Google Image search results: https://www.google.com/search?q=map+of+the+balkans
And this quite interesting map "video" showing the changing boundaries of the region from 1AD - 2000AD:
02-10-2012 05:15 PM
Tea's website (www.teaobreht.com) has a short biography as well as some links to other news stories about The Tiger's Wife (like the note that it won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, something I forgot).
02-11-2012 11:22 AM
I had to remind myself where the book takes place too and looked at some maps. However, Tea deliberately used imaginary places for the story, so I didn't spend too much time.
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.