The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

Robert Crumb & David  Zane Mairowitz, Kafka Published 2007 bt Fantagraphics Books (First published 1990), 176p American cartoonist and musician Robert Crumb together with David Zane Mairowitz managed to express the essence of Franz Kafka in a black and white illustrated biography that covers both the life and work of the Jewish writer. I still… Continue reading The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking Published 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf, 228p   Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity. Joan Didion writes on the first page of her book, an honest and vibrant autobiography written… Continue reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography

Zena Alkayat, Nina Cosford, Virginia Woolf Published 2015 by Frances Lincoln, 128p Virginia Woolf marked a change of vision and sensibility in the modern literature. She had the boldness to use a new tone and a new language, revealing frustrations, hesitations and changes of mind; Woolf built her characters by exposing their psychologies. Her work,… Continue reading Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography

The Moth: the art of storytelling

The Moth. Edited by Catherine Burns. Preface by Neil Gaiman. Afterword by George Dawes Green, founder The Moth Published 2014 by Serpent’s Tail, 400p   The Moth is an American phenomenon dedicated to storytelling. People who want to share their experiences go on stage and freely speak to the audience. No notes allowed, no mechanical… Continue reading The Moth: the art of storytelling

Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges: a collection of interviews that reveal Borges’s multiple faces – the man, the thinker, the writer, the mortal

Richard Burgin, Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges First published 1969 in America by Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 160p. This edition: Published 1998 by University Press of Mississippi   One of the many pleasures the stars (in which I don’t believe) have granted me is in literary and metaphysical dialogue. Since both these designations run the… Continue reading Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges: a collection of interviews that reveal Borges’s multiple faces – the man, the thinker, the writer, the mortal

Coco Chanel written by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara and beautifully illustrated by Ana Albero: a good lesson about ambition and the importance of believing in ourselves

Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Coco Chanel. Illustrated by Ana Albero. Translated by Emma Martinez Published 2016 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 32p   My daughter who will be six soon has expressed her desire to become a ballerina promptly after she could stand and speak. The music in the house, the dress up games we… Continue reading Coco Chanel written by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara and beautifully illustrated by Ana Albero: a good lesson about ambition and the importance of believing in ourselves

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal is an intense autobiography that explores the need for love and home, the insights of an adopted child and the pursuit for happiness

Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?/ De ce sa fii fericita cand poti fii normala? Published 2011 by Jonathan Cape, 230p/ In Romania a fost publicata de Editura Hecate, 2015     When I read Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit I was overwhelmed by jumbled feelings – a general sentiment… Continue reading Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal is an intense autobiography that explores the need for love and home, the insights of an adopted child and the pursuit for happiness