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Giorgia Boragini – The Queen of the House

Last year, in the suffocating heat of the end of July, at the bar the only subject of conversation was the destiny of Martinelli...

Virginia Woolf – The Voyage Out

A  journey into the soul The Voyage Out is the first work by Virginia Woolf, an initiation novel about life and love, where we can...

Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte Fouqué – The Gallows Guy

A poor soul An initiation tale and ethical work, The Gallows Guy is an enjoyable short story that’s modern despite being two centuries old. The...

Bernard Malamud – Dubin’s Lives

  Midway upon the journey of one’s life In the wild natural landscape of New England blossoms an introspective and charming story. In his mid-fifties, William Dubin,...

Heinrich Heine – Who killed Mozart? Who beheaded Haydn? Crimes for...

  Human legends Musicians can reach fame and even enter the Pantheon, but only the really great ones can handle a mediocre life and an ordinary...

Gore Vidal – Julian

  Why we can call ourselves pagans In choosing to recount the life of Julian, Vidal is singing a hymn to the values of the ancient...

Aldous Huxley – The Devils of Loudun

Every Age has its devils Huxley’s work is not simple but it’s fascinating and, in its own way, very up-to-date. Halfway between the novel and...

Jonathan Coe – What a carve up!

The family of Deadly Sins A promising dose of British humour, lively and nipping, marks the beginning of the story: during the government of Margaret...

Selma Lagerlöf – The saga of Gösta Berling

  A big little epic of the North How to cope with the weight and the beauty of four hundred pages of pure poetry? Only by...

Friedrich Dürrenmatt – The Pledge

The illogicality of promises A “requiem for the detective novel”. A brief book written in a dry and effective style, where the Helvetian author dips his...