LITERATURES FROM THE WORLD

CELLULOID WORDS

The diving bell and the butterfly

A book is one of the most powerful weapons for human beings, and Jean-Dominique Bauby has understood that quite well. Editor-in-chief of Elle magazine,...

The Piano Teacher

Erika Kohut is an excellent middle-aged piano teacher at a Vienna music conservatory. Despite her mature age Erika’s life is constantly controlled, day after...

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Pina Piccolo – The Poet’s Adventure

The poet had everything ready: a light briefcase, a ticket, an address. Now, while he was sitting on a bench waiting for the train,...

Ugly, Dirty and Bad

Down and dirty is too important to simply be defined  by a movie genre. A grotesque comedy, perhaps, but sometimes also a drama and...

Elizabeth Jane Howard – The Cazalet Chronicles

As written by Hilary Mantel, Elizabeth Jane Howard is a craftswoman, because in order to build such a monumental work, where nothing is uncalculated,...

Richard Wright – Native Son

Bigger Thomas grew up in the black ghetto of Chicago where, even though he has good examples, he lives day to day on the...

Nenad Joldeski – You

you have pulled every hair from your body and planted them in dry earth you tell yourself that one day maybe something will sprout that it will...

PAPER DREAMS

Pina Piccolo – The Poet’s Adventure

The poet had everything ready: a light briefcase, a ticket, an address. Now, while he was sitting on a bench waiting for the train, there was nothing he could do but look at the...

Ugly, Dirty and Bad

Down and dirty is too important to simply be defined  by a movie genre. A grotesque comedy, perhaps, but sometimes also a drama and a neorealist story that in a short period of time...

THE VERTICAL THOUGHT

“Shock bibliotherapy” suggestions

Shock bibliotherapy suggestions… every book, both fiction and non-fiction, can inspire, help, and guide us in every walk of life, as long as we...

Gordon Ramsay – Humble Pie. My autobiography

  What’s behind this famous, starred, TV chef? What made him the man he’s today? Is he really the way he looks on TV? Humble Pie,...

Samantha Ellis – Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of...

“Shock bibliotherapy” suggestions… every book, both fiction and non-fiction, can inspire, help, and guide us in every walk of life, as long as we...

Gabrielle Zevin – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Who's like to open a holy bookshop, like the one in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (originally published as The Collected Works of...

Awakening films and tv series

During times of change and related turmoil like our current one, there are some films and TV series that can help us, not only...

Eiji Yoshikawa – Musashi

‘I told you. I’ve just become a new man. I stayed in that musty hole for three years. I read books. I thought. I...

NORHERN LIGHTS

Mikael Niemi – The man who died like a salmon

It is considered as a crime novel, but perhaps this is due to a habit rather than to a true adherence to this style....

Flemming Jensen – The Bank Robber Blues

The bank robber blues is a crime novel definitely out of the ordinary: the main character Max kills the Danish prime minister. In very...

Karen Blixen (as Isak Dinesen) – Winter’s Tales

Winter’s Tales is a collection of eleven short stories, wrote in the ‘30ies and published in 1942. The pieces contain several recurring themes that go...

SERIAL (IDENTITY) ISSUES

Feud

The first season of Feud was transmitted between March and April 2017. It has 8 episodes and it is based on the true story...

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THE STONE

Claire Loader – Qetesh

            A goddess sits at the end of my bed, visits these nights of waking. Where thoughts run more than fingers, hands wary of the divide. Instead we turn...

POET'S CORNER

Rae Armantrout – With

It’s well that things should stir inconsequentially around me like this patina of shadow, flicker, whisper, so that I can be still. * I write things down to show others later or to show myself that I am...

Rae Armantrout – And

1 Tense and tenuous grow from the same root as does tender in its several guises: the sour grass flower; the yellow moth. 2 I would not confuse the bogus with the spurious. The bogus is a sore thumb while...

Reading second-language writing

Exophonic writers – those who write in a language other than their primary or so-say native tongue – choose to do so for many...

Arundhathi Subramaniam – Mitti

As a child I ate mud. It tasted of grit and peat and wild churning and something I could never find a name for....

Arundhathi Subramaniam

Described as 'one of the finest poets writing in India today’ Arundhathi Subramaniam was born in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1967. She is the author...

Ellen Bass – Mammogram Callback with Ultrasound

So this is what I’m here for, to see inside the mute weight of my right breast, heavy handful of treasure I longed for as...

Ellen Bass – Black Coffee

I didn’t know that when my mother died, her grave would be dug in my body. And when I weaken, she is here, dressing...

Ellen Bass – The Small Country

Unique, I think, is the Scottish tartle, that hesitation when introducing someone whose name you’ve forgotten and what could capture cafuné, the Brazilian Portuguese way...

Ellen Bass – Indigo

As I’m walking on West Cliff Drive, a man runs toward me pushing one of those jogging strollers with shock absorbers so the baby...