Readers on the road: New Beacon Books in London

I am going to call this out with a bit of vehemence, as I am not sure it currently has the attention it deserves. I would love to have known the New Beacon probably back a decade ago, when I happened to be in a London short-stay, conducting researches for my dissertation in Caribbean literature.…

Murakami wins 2017 Noble Prize

When I opened my laptop this morning I rushed to click on a “New Post” on WordPress because the Nobel Prize winner 2017 was to be announced at some point during the day. From time to time I think I should possibly start writing shorter posts and more frequent ones in order to keep a…

Libri dalla terra straniera – “Os Transparentes” di Ondjaki

Raccolgo le mie note sulla lettura di Os Transparentes di Ondjaki, un libro pubblicato nel 2012 e vincitore del Premio Saramago, un meraviglioso pezzo della letteratura internazionale che mi auguro si diffonda sulla scena letteraria italiana. Scrivere qualcosa in merito il contenuto del libro questa volta è ancora più difficile del solito per un insieme di fattori: la…

Books and booze

Even people whose lives have been made various by learning sometimes find it hard to keep a fast hold on their habitual views of life, on their faith in the Invisible – nay, on the sense that their past joys and sorrows are a real experience, when they are suddenly transported to a new land,…