• Fri, September 14, 2018
    1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

On the face of it, Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin—two icons of the twentieth century—couldn’t be more different. One is the grand statesman whose resolve led a nation in the struggle against Nazi Germany, the other the world-famous actor and comedian behind The Great Dictator, whose own roots were in poverty and hardship. But in this moving novel, they are bound by a dark secret: both suffer from depression.

When a chance encounter reveals what they share, an unusual and unlikely friendship ensues. A series of therapeutic meetings across the world, in Germany, England, and America, sees each become the other’s confidant as they talk of their “black dog days.” With the eye of a masterfully subtle narrator, Michael Köhlmeier imagines a startling friendship of unique understanding between this extraordinary pair: a friendship of the twentieth century between art and politics, humor and seriousness, but which at heart remains an understanding between two men—the poor tramp and the grand statesman—who bring together the history of the century.

Venue: Book Club meets every second Friday of the month at a member’s home in Hannamdong.

Particpants: Minimum 5 – Maximum 15

Note: BC events are exclusively for SIWA members.

Upcoming Book Club dates and books:
October 12, 2018 – The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
November 9, 2018 – The buried giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
December 14, 2018 – The eight mountains by Paolo Cognetti
January 11, 2019 – My own words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
February 1, 2019 – Old school by Tobias Wolff
March 8, 2019 – Our happy time by Jiyoung Kong
April 12, 2019 – The door by Magda Szabo
May 10, 2019 – The fault in our stars by John Green
June 14, 2019 – The winter queen by Boris Akunin
July 12, 2019 – State of wonder by Ann Patchett
August 9, 2019 – Go tell it on the mountain by James Baldwin




511 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Venue Information:

  • Hannam Station (한남역) #K113
  • Gyeongui-Jungang Line is the same subway line with the following transfer stations: Gongdeok, Yongsan, Ichon, Okso, Wangsimni and Yangsu.
  • 5-minutes taxi ride from Itaewon station
  • Exact meeting point will be communicated to registered participants before the event.