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