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Bio: an eclectic physician Avatar: Burt Lancaster as the Prince of Salina, a.k.a. The Leopard. Loves: philosophy, poetry, novels, neorealism, postmodernism, existentialism.

“Mi casa tendrá dos piernas y mis sueños no tendrán fronteras„ — Ernesto Guevara

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Luigi Malerba: Pataffio (Paperback, German language, 1996, Fischer (Tb.), Frankfurt) 4 stars

A different perspective on human fallacies

4 stars

Quite a unique, fun, irreverent novel, which inspired the famous Italian comedy 'The Incredible Army of Brancaleone' by Monicelli, set in fictional late-medieval feud in central Italy. The author brilliantly and fluently alternates between a macaronic Latin, Vulgar, and Roman dialect, and ironically highlights the shortcomings of the feudal system. Somehow the novel manages to feel extremely actual with regard to the present struggles in Italian society.

Various Authors: The Passenger: Japan (2020, Europa Editions & Iperborea) 4 stars

A new series from Europa Editions, The Passenger collects the best new writing, photography, art …

A beautiful glimpse on the heart of Japan

4 stars

One of the best titles in The Passenger series. This is one standing out resource on Japanese culture which feels true and intimate, without falling into the typical Western serotypes. The variety of content provided, together with the selected photos and infographics, contribute depicting a lively and dynamic portrait of the traditional Nipponic landscape.

Mohsin Hamid: Exit West (Paperback, 2018, Large Print Press) 4 stars

Inspired by the great reviews, I probably set my hopes to high. The voice of the narrator feels too intrusive at times, and not much space is left to the single characters to speak for themselves. The writing style definitely doesn't match my preferences (coordinate clauses and unneeded adjectives all over the place). Author makes an attempt at magic realism which in my opinion isn't consistent with the the first half of the work.

Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon (2006, Del Rey) 4 stars

It's the twenty-fifth century, and advances in technology have redefined life itself. A person's consciousness …

a landmark of cyberpunk genre

5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. An hard-boiled, engaging story which aligns with the themes and the style of its genre, but succeeds at the same time in creating something really unique. Language is simple, straight to the point; explicit at times, but under no circumstances vulgar. A Dense, intricate plot, a crescendo of suspense.

Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar (2005) 4 stars

The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American writer and poet Sylvia …

A must of 20th century us literature

5 stars

This is prose writing at it's absolute best, and however distressing the content of the book may be , you can't fail to be impressed by the masterful use of English by this unbelievably gifted young woman. I went on to read Sylvia's journal, and at that point it became obvious that you can substitute the name Esther for Sylvia - they are one and the same. I've felt compelled to read much of the other prose and poetry she wrote in her tragically short life and can totally understand why she's regarded as one of the greatest writers of twentieth century literature.

Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2014, Scribner) 4 stars

High in the pine forests of the Spanish Sierra, a guerrilla band prepares to blow …

A masterpiece

5 stars

As a Hemingway die-hard fun, I must say this is for me one his most successful works, alongside Fiesta and a Farewell to Arms. The author perfectly conveys the trauma, the spiritual mangling, the contradictions, the inebitable loss which a civil war, but also describes the lives of those who volunteered to sacrifice their life for the sake of an idea. The driving rhythm of his concise prose makes this book an engaging reading

Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar (2005) 4 stars

The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American writer and poet Sylvia …

One of the most inspirational books I've come across this year. I'm love with Sylvia Plath (began reading Ariel and other poems in the meantime). I can relate with this woman, her words helped me face and overcome a very difficult moment. A true pity we haven't the chance to see a more mature work of her. Yet, somebody would say 'Younger minds are not vessels to be filled but fires to be kindled' . In her short life, she undoubtedly managed to leave her mark.

Jane Bennett: The enchantment of modern life (2001, Princeton University Press) 5 stars

It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted--that the very …

This book considers the concept of "enchantment", the feeling of being connected to existence in an affirmative way, as an often overlooked feature of contemporary experience that can energize ethical and political life. It challenges the disenchantment of modernity thesis commonly accepted since Weber by locating new sources of enchantment in contemporary life without recourse to divine agencies.

V. S. Ramachandran (neurology): The Tell-Tale Brain (2011, W W Norton & Co Inc) 4 stars

Ramachandran discusses seven main concepts which define the human aspect of self and how each …

I had been recommended this book by a neurologist resident and was looking forward to buying it given the very good reviews; a month later, by chance, one of my best friend presented me with a copy as a birthday present. Definitely going to read it in the next months