Children Drawn By The Lethal Light

Satiated. According to Webster‘s dictionary, this term “may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire.“  After sincere reflections I came to this definition, which perfectly describes my inner feeling upon closing the last page of the latest Roberto Saviano‘s novel La paranza dei bambini. Unfortunately, with…

A Good Novel About A Good Man

Sometimes only a lucky coincidence results in an exciting acquaintance with a wonderful book. Sometimes it takes fifty years for a book to become a bestseller. This time it‘s the same novel that the first two sentences apply. Stoner by John Williams published in 1965. The revival of the novel initiated an unexpected success in…

Horror Tales From A Modern Crypt

Remember the well-known TV series of the 90s called Tales From The Crypt? Those half-hour short stories full of horror, black magic, science fiction, etc., always ending with a maleficent final twist? Well, there‘d be a perfect new edition to the old episodes, if you adapted a recent collection of short stories written by an…

While Waiting For The Returning Son

When you merge philosophy with music, you come up with the novel like The Young Bride (La Sposa giovane). Alessandro Baricco apparently uses his degrees in philosophy and piano to master his story-telling skills, as his newest book released last year elegantly flows in the rhythm of Italian barcarole simultaneously contemplating on the theme of…

Playing Harry Potter

Let‘s be honest, you‘ve never believed that the adventures of Harry Potter would end with his seventh book. The franchise so powerful can‘t be drawn to a full stop so easily once and for all. Well, even Alexandre Dumas made his musketeers come back. And though the parallel is rather inappropriate, Harry Potter also returns…

The Still Life of Love

It is all interconnected. Directly or indirectly. Especially human fates. Mostly with a great love involved or a total lack of it. Marina Stepnova, a popular modern Russian author, skillfully explains this chain of dependencies in her bestselling novel The Women of Lazarus. Published in English last year, it falls into the hands of worldwide…

Z Stands For Zelda

Scott Fitzgerald – the author versus F.Scott Fitzgerald – the man. His literary legacy being consolidated by five novels and a great number of short stories while his personal life story revealed by his closest life companion – his wife Zelda. Well, actually imagined as being told by Zelda. Because it‘s Therese Anne Fowler‘s biographical…