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The novel opens with a passage by Czeslaw Milosz. What does it mean? Why did Mandel choose it to introduce Station Eleven?

Does the novel have a main character? Who would you consider it to be?

How do Shakespearean motifs coincide with those of Station Eleven, both the novel and the comic?

What is the metaphor of the Station Eleven comic books? How does the Undersea connect to the events of the novel?

“Survival is insufficient,” a line from Star Trek: Voyager, is the Traveling Symphony's motto. What does it mean to them? Does it hold true for you? What role does art play in society?

The prophet discusses death: “There's the death of the body, and there's the death of the soul. I saw my mother die twice.” Knowing who his mother was, what do you think he meant by that?

Are the arts truly important to our society? To our identity as human?

Discussion Questions

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Click the Reader Resource image above to download a PDF of the official Reader Guide for Station Eleven. It includes information about the novel, the author, and has lots of discussion questions you can use with your own book group!

Join one of our book discussions or start your own! Use the Reader Resource guide to help you understand the novel, and download flyers you can hand out to invite friends and co-workers to your own book discussion!