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December Book Club: “Deaf Republic” by Ilya Kaminsky

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The HearingLikeMe team loves supporting #deaftalent and learning about the different perspectives of people who are living their lives fully, despite their hearing loss. To celebrate our challenges and expand our knowledge with the deaf community, we have a monthly book club. Join in and read with us!

In December, we’re reading “Deaf Republic,” by Ilya Kaminsky

Overview: “Deaf Republic” by Ilya KaminskyDeaf Repbulic

“Deaf Republic” is a parable of poems, written by hard-of-hearing author Ilya Kaminsky.

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“Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear—they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence: a newly married couple, Alfonso and Sonya, expecting a child; the brash Momma Galya, instigating the insurgency from her puppet theater; and Galya’s girls, heroically teaching signing by day and by night luring soldiers one by one to their deaths behind the curtain. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic confronts our time’s vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.”

“Deaf Republic,” has been nominated as a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

HLM Book Club

The HearingLikeMe team is inviting readers and Phonak hEARos to join the HLM Book Club, which will focus on deaf and hard of hearing authors.

To participate, simply read the chosen book of the month with us, then join the conversation on Instagram and the HLM Facebook community. If you’d like to be part of a closer discussion, you can also apply to be a Phonak hEARo.

January’s book pick

Do you have a suggestion for our next book of the month? We accept suggestions by any deaf or hard-of-hearing authors, as well as books around the topic of hearing loss. Let us know! 

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