Doris Lessing – The Fifth Child

  Harriet and David meet at an office party and immediately realise they are meant for each other. Their engagement is soon followed by marriage...

Kurt Vonnegut – While Mortals Sleep

  There is no science fiction but a great deal of fantasy in these short stories from the Fifties. A surprise which, from the very...

J.D. Salinger – Nine Stories

  Jerome David (aka J.D.) Salinger stands in the collective memory as the prototype of the mysterious man and, also, the masterful writer. Apart from...

Liam O’Flaherty – The Black Soul

"Everything dies in winter". So begins the novel of one of the best Irish writers of the 20th Century. Then he describes Winter as...

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...

George Mackay Brown – Greenvoe

What is the difference between community and society? As individuals, we recognize that we are part of a society, but every time we reflect...

Seumas O’Kelly – Waysiders. Stories of Connacht

  Waysiders is a path. At the same time, it is an extremely strong emotional experience, a way of knowing late nineteenth century Ireland, an...

Goliarda Sapienza – The Art of Joy

  The Art of Joy is a challenging book but it can be read very rapidly. The title would suggest an essay, on the contrary...

Giuseppe Genna – Italy De Profundis (Italia De Profundis)

  In a book more autobiographical than usual, Giuseppe Genna scrutinizes himself to investigate Italy. He writes a "de profundis" dug into his own flesh,...

George Orwell – Nineteen Eighty-Four

  Nineteen Eighty-Four tells of a future world in which the earth is divided into similar Hyperstates in perpetual war with each other. The protagonist Winston...

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