Night by Elie Wiesel: a painful autobiographical writing on the life in the Nazi concentration camps, a powerful narrative on life, death and identity

Elie Wiesel, Night. Translated from the French by Marion Wiesel. In limba romana: Noaptea. Editura Corint, 2012 Published 2006 by Hill and Wang (first published 1958), 120p   I remember: it happened yesterday, or eternities ago. A young Jewish boy discovered the Kingdom of Night. I remember his bewilderment, I remember his anguish. It all… Continue reading Night by Elie Wiesel: a painful autobiographical writing on the life in the Nazi concentration camps, a powerful narrative on life, death and identity

Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Christopher Hitchens, Mortality Published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2012, 104p I know I will never be prepared to face death; but if I had to, I would like to do it the Hitchens’s way: dying but living. In 2010 Christopher Hitchens, writer, journalist, religious and literary critic, was in his hotel room… Continue reading Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Antony Penrose: The boy who bit Picasso

Antony Penrose, The Boy Who Bit Picasso Published 2010 by Thames & Hudson, 48p My name is Tony. When I was a little boy, living on a farm in Sussex in England, I had the most extraordinary friend. He had deep black eyes, a big wide smile, and absolutely amazing hands. His hands were absolutely… Continue reading Antony Penrose: The boy who bit Picasso

Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Jen Bryant, Six Dots. A Story of Louis Braille. Illustrations by Boris Kulikov Published 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf, 40p   Award-winning writer Jen Bryant considers Louis Braille one of the most inspiring personalities of all times.  She wrote a graphic novel on the French inventor in 1993 but she wanted now, with this version… Continue reading Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life Published in Australia in 2008 by Scribe. First published in 1994, 237p Bird by Bird is my first Anne Lamott reading experience; and probably because I had no expectations it simply fascinated me. It is well-written, very honest, delighting by its simplicity of style… Continue reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Bob Dylan, Paul Rogers, Forever Young Published 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 40p Forever Young is one of Bob Dylan’s most beloved songs. Since it first appeared in 1974 on the album Planet Waves, the song became an anthem, a valuable piece of advice for the new generations to stay forever young. The song… Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25

Matei Calinescu, Matthew’s Enigma. A Father’s Portrait of His Autistic Son Published 2009 by Indiana University Press. Translated by Angela Jianu, 212 p In limba romana: Portretul lui M, Editura Humanitas, 2016, 256p   Matei Calinescu (1934 – 2009, Romanian professor of comparative literature, writer and literary critic) left communist Romania and moved to United… Continue reading Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25