El viaje de Marcos ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธEl viaje de Marcos de ร“scar Hernรกndez Campano –ย Un viaje en el tiempo, una historia romรกntica, quizรกs de otros tiempos, en este caso del รบltimo perรญodo de la dictadura franquista en Espaรฑa, en un pueblo de La Mancha. Los dos hermanos gemelos, Marcos y Gus, viven de manera diferente en su verano de 1970 en Molinosviejos, que marcarรก sus vidas para siempre. Un viaje a … Continue reading El viaje de Marcos ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ–‹๐Ÿ“–

Walt Whitman – Leaves of Grass – Calamus – 1855 translated into Italian by Enzo Martinelli ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful This moment yearning and thoughtful sitting alone, It seems to me there are other men in other lands yearning and thoughtful, It seems to me I can look over and behold them in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Or far, far away, in China, … Continue reading This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ–‹๐Ÿ“–

The Persian Boy ๐Ÿ‘ณ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง The Persian Boy by Mary Renault –ย 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. Competing for love and attention with Hephaestion, Roxana and other lovers, Bagoas has to find his own space in the heart of the … Continue reading The Persian Boy ๐Ÿ‘ณ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š

Romance de la luna, luna ๐Ÿ–‹๐Ÿ“ƒ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Romance de la luna luna – Federico Garcia Lorca – Romancero Gitano – 1928 – with translations into ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย English and ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย Italian by Enzo Martinelliย  ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ย A Conchita Garcรญa Lorca La luna vino a la fragua con su polisรณn de nardos. El niรฑo la mira mira. El niรฑo la estรก mirando. En el aire conmovido mueve la luna sus brazos y enseรฑa, lรบbrica y pura, sus … Continue reading Romance de la luna, luna ๐Ÿ–‹๐Ÿ“ƒ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Alexander the Great ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย Marble head of Alexander the Great at the British Museum – One of the many marble portraits of Alexander the Great used by the legendary conqueror and his followers, during and after his reign, to disseminate and immortalise the image of a young and powerful leader, many times liked to deity. Recently,ย I read with keen interest a novel by Mary Renault about Alexander, The Persian … Continue reading Alexander the Great ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š

Jonathan Livingstone Seagull ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ›ฉ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง When I read this book 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 … Continue reading Jonathan Livingstone Seagull ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ›ฉ

Sostiene Pereira ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Pereira Maintains – A short novel but many well written, set in Portugal in the period immediately before the last world war. While radical changes are beginning to crack the status quo around him, an anonymous and calm journalist travels through an unexpected parable of life that makes him a hero of our times. Tabucchi paints with vivid colors a Lisbon of other times, … Continue reading Sostiene Pereira ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Letture recenti in italiano ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ“–

I miei libri preferiti dalle letture recenti di letteratura italiana       Calvino esprime il suo meglio in Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore, un libro complesso e divertente, che mette al centro della scena il lettore, o meglio, la lettura dei dieci incipit di romanzi abilmente interconnessi. Un gradevolissimo piacere per ogni lettore appassionato della lettura creativa, stimolante e fantasiosa.       … Continue reading Letture recenti in italiano ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ“–

Paul Street Boys ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Paul Street Boys by Molnar was a delightful rediscover in preparation for my first visit to Budapest. The choice inevitably fell on a book that I had not taken into my hands for forty years. What a thrill to relive the vicissitudes of the two groups of teenagers fighting each other for the use of a pitch for afternoon games. Even at the time … Continue reading Paul Street Boys ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ

Se una notte dโ€™inverno un viaggiatore ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿš‰

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ย Italo Calvino esprime il suo meglio in questo libro complesso e divertente che mette al centro della scena il lettore, o meglio, la lettura dei dieci incipit di romanzi abilmente interconnessi. Un gradevolissimo piacere per ogni lettore appassionato della lettura creativa e fantasiosa.ย  ย  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ย Italo Calvino expresses his best in this complex and entertaining book, If on a Winter Night a Traveller. At … Continue reading Se una notte dโ€™inverno un viaggiatore ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿš‰