LITERATURES FROM THE WORLD

CELLULOID WORDS

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) is one of the three films in the history of cinema which ever won all five major...

Zazie in the Metro

  The film, released in 1960, is based on the novel of the same name by Raymond Queneau, an author very much in vogue in...

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Meeting Mark Wingrave: “I’m attracted to what I don’t know”

I came into contact with the artist Mark Wingrave through our shared interest in the work of Ukrainian poet Olga Bragina. Reading a couple...

Laurence Hutchman – Lost Language

These photo albums span the decades: wartime, marriage, early years in Canada. The sounds of Dutch swell within me. I read a language I knew and forgot— “J’s”...

Giuseppe Genna – Big Red Mother

  Guido Lopez, an interim detective at the Milan central police department, is playing tennis with a stranger. Immediately after, a huge explosion shakes his...

Fabrizio De André – Storia di un impiegato [A Clerk’s Tale]

  Storia di un impiegato, the sixth studio LP by Fabrizio De André, written with Giuseppe Bentivoglio and Nicola Piovani, came out in 1973. Like...

Marguerite Duras – Blue Eyes, Black Hair

The indefiniteness of love Emotions that chase each other on a stage made of nothing. Gestures told with great elegance and care, without a defined...

PAPER DREAMS

Meeting Mark Wingrave: “I’m attracted to what I don’t know”

I came into contact with the artist Mark Wingrave through our shared interest in the work of Ukrainian poet Olga Bragina. Reading a couple of his English translations of her work led me to...

Laurence Hutchman – Lost Language

These photo albums span the decades: wartime, marriage, early years in Canada. The sounds of Dutch swell within me. I read a language I knew and forgot— “J’s” and “T’s” and Dutch diphthongs (how ashamed I was of those...

THE VERTICAL THOUGHT

Daniel Meurois-Givaudan – This Nail I Hammered

  If there is a book that  can really open hearts and minds, and lead to a new direction in life, is "This Nail I...

“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...

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

Lyn Coffin – on the street below…

on the street below the tanks rolled on like congealing lava you grab the backpack you prepared a week ago and add your mother's antique salt cellar then rail...

Natalie Diaz – How the Milky Way Was Made

My river was once unseparated. Was Colorado. Red — fast flood. Able to take        anything it could wet—in a wild rush—                                  all the way to...

Fiona Sampson – Frankenstein’s Golem

Who is this moving swiftly through darkness in a landscape not yet given form by daylight slipping shapeless as a shadow through the dark and unknown places wearing night next to his skin wearing a pelt of...

Fernanda Burgath – “my mother said that…”

my mother said that that her mother’s said that her mother and grandmother also said that yes, you have to do the great-grandmother said yes because who first said that...

Boris Slutsky – How They Killed My Grandmother

How did they kill my grandmother? This is how they killed my grandmother: In the morning a tank Rolled up to the city bank. One hundred and fifty...

Fernanda Burgath – Ultimate

Today I woke up such an angry angry bitch I didn't know where to put so much anger Then I stopped for a moment took a deep breath and realized that...

Grace Nichols – Spell Against Too Much Male White Power

There is too much male white power at loose in the world There is too much male white power at loose in the world The smell...

Fiona Sampson – Sonnet eight – Summer Dusk

On summer evenings air thickens – and settles, dust dropping onto shelves of books silently – settles. These evenings lift from the pages of books, or out...

Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson has been published in thirty-seven languages and has just received two major European prizes: the Naim Frasheri Laureateship 2019 and the European...