Literature 1️⃣9️⃣5️⃣0️⃣➡️9️⃣9️⃣

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Literature of Second Half of 1900s

The Persian Boy
The Persian Boy

Bringing back to life the ancient and extraordinary story of the conquest of an unimaginably vast empire by a young and passionate Alexander the Great, seen from the eyes of his affectionate lover, Bagoas. The Persian Boy by Mary Renault, will provide many hours of riveting reading and the pleasure of travelling back to a time of great battles and intense emotions. First published in 1972.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Separated Rooms

This must have been one of my most pleasurable readings of the year, the last novel, Separated Rooms, by Pier Vittorio Tondelli, a very talented writer we lost too soon. First published in 1989.




Jonathan Livingstone Seagull
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull 

When I read Jonathan Livingstone Seagull for the first time I was a teenager and eager to find inspiration for adventurous outlooks in life. Forty years later the great philosophy behind the book seems to be very thin, simplistic and no longer a source of great inspiration, as it was at first sight. Probably this is one of those books which is son of its age. First published in 1970.


The White Castle 

The White Castle is one of the first novels written by a young and talented Orhan Pamuk, later a Nobel Prize winner. The main theme of this book is the ambivalent relationship between assertion of identity and ambiguity, personified by the two main characters in the plot. They start their psychological journey in the story from opposite ends, one in Italy as a promising scholar who gets made prisoner by the Turks, the other one in Turkey as a scholar close to the court of the sultan who takes the Italian as his slave, attracted by the idea of what he could learn from him. Throughout the book the roles of master/slave, teacher/student ambiguously alternate between the two characters and, surely, the end of the novel does not give the reader any clarity on where the two men stand or if, indeed, we have two different people involved in the story. Very intriguing way of constructing the architecture of the book. What happens inside and around the two characters does not have enough depth to engage the reader throughout the book. Pamuk has been able to develop much more his obvious talent as a writer in subsequent works, while this one shows his mastery in pulling together a good psychological plot. First published in 1985.

 

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