Our Reading Guide for Next World Novella with much food for thought.
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1 What does this story tell us about marriage and
2 Schepp and Doro hold different perceptions of the
afterlife: how does this affect their relationship?
3 Schepp’s eye surgery is a turning point in his life.
Why do you think this is so?
4 Discuss Dana’s role in coming between Schepp and
Doro? Is she innocent?
5 Schepp had written Marek The Drunkard before
even meeting Doro or frequenting La Pfiff and
thus meeting Dana. Discuss how this might be
6 Discuss how Schepp’s perception of his wife’s death
changes throughout the story.
7 In the book there are effectively 3 realities: which,
if any, are real? Which might be dreams?
8 What is the significance of the I Ching sign for
‘Lake’, and the lake in the painting, in the story?
9 How does repetition of phrases and theme feature
throughout the story?
10 The story has effectively two endings. Which one is
real? What effect has that on the overall story?