The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: a wonderful fable on human courage, persistence and hope

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea. In limba romana: Batranul si marea Published in 1999 by Vintage, 112 p (first published in 1952). I haven’t read The Old Man and the Sea until now; I kept putting it on my reading lists but I have always ended by choosing something else instead. I thought it… Continue reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: a wonderful fable on human courage, persistence and hope

The Liszts: a humorous, gothic-flavored picture book which celebrates spontaneity and reminds us that the unfamiliar is part of our lives

Kyo Maclear, Júlia Sardà, The Liszts Published 2016 by Andersen Press, 40p (First published 2016 in Canada by Tundra Books)   The Liszts is not for those who expect a little biography on Franz Liszt but for those who obsessively make lists. Preoccupied to record and file all the things we consider important we sometimes… Continue reading The Liszts: a humorous, gothic-flavored picture book which celebrates spontaneity and reminds us that the unfamiliar is part of our lives

After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima: a portrait of a marriage through domestic and political aspirations in a post-war Japan

Yukio Mishima, After the Banquet/ Dupa banchet Published 2001 by Vintage (originally published in Japanese in 1960), 288p. In limba romana: Dupa banchet, Editura Humanitas, 2004   When first published in 1960, The New Yorker called After the Banquet the most profound thing Mishima had done until then and acknowledged the author as an international… Continue reading After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima: a portrait of a marriage through domestic and political aspirations in a post-war Japan

Francesca Sanna symbolically recreates the journey of a family of refugees, illustrating the paradoxes, turmoils and fears of our time

Francesca Sanna, The Journey Published 2016 by Flying Eye Books   One of the most sensitive and realistic picture books published in 2016 is Francesca Sanna’s The Journey. In a time when we are scandalized and hurt by the world’s socio-political events, this little book becomes a manifesto, questioning the human behavior and appealing to… Continue reading Francesca Sanna symbolically recreates the journey of a family of refugees, illustrating the paradoxes, turmoils and fears of our time

The Guest Cat By Takashi Hiraide: a meditation on the unexpected turns of life, a poetic definition of nature, ephemerality and true possessions

Takashi Hiraide, The Guest Cat Published 2014 by Picador. Translated by Eric Selland, 140p   I find so much profundity, simplicity and emotion every time I read modern Japanese literature.  There is cruelty, desire, the need of  building identity, problematic sexuality but the Japanese know how to extract the lyricism and transform torments into rich,… Continue reading The Guest Cat By Takashi Hiraide: a meditation on the unexpected turns of life, a poetic definition of nature, ephemerality and true possessions

Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe

Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends. The poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein Published 1974 by Harper & Row, 176p/ In limba romana: Acolo unde nu mai e trotuar, Editura Arthur, 2015 If you are a dreamer, come in, / If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,/ A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…/ If… Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe

An unusual alphabet book – Gertrude Stein’s To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays

Gertrude Stein, To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays. Illustrations by Giselle Potter Published 2011 by Yale University Press, 128p   Reading Gertrude Stein is a linguistic challenge. She follows the stream of consciousness and reveals her thoughts as in a conversation. She stops, she repeats and uses an impressive collection of monosyllabic words.… Continue reading An unusual alphabet book – Gertrude Stein’s To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays