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, Jean-Do is an exuberant, dynamic man, always looking for new...

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

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Angels in America

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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 day, by her oppressive mother, leaving the main character unable to...

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

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American Gods

American Gods is a 2017 tv series, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. Shadow Moon, the main character, is a man who has lost everything.  He has just been released from...

Awakening films and tv series

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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 screamed and cried. Then suddenly the light dawned. I understood...
Living with a non-famous writer

Silvio Donà – Living with a non-famous writer

I know what you are thinking:  this article should have been written by my wife. However, it is also true that when you have known each other for a very long time – as we...
The merlin trilogy - Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart – The Merlin trilogy

“My Lord, when you look for what I am looking for, you have to look in strange places. Men can never look at the sun, except downwards, at his reflection in things of...

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