George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

George Orwell, Animal Farm. A Fairy Story. Pictures by Ralph Steadman Published in 1995 by Secker & Warburg, London (first published in Great Britain in 1945), 180p/ In romana: Ferma animalelor, Editura Polirom   The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or… Continue reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

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

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

Why everyone should read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a parable about love, human nature and war

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince/ Micul Print Published 1998 by Penguin Books (First published 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock), 82 p   Children easily find interests in whimsical pictures, texts that dare to awake their imagination or stories about bravery and kindness. I have no hesitation when saying that a boa constrictor swallowing an… Continue reading Why everyone should read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a parable about love, human nature and war

How to celebrate words unless transforming them into stories? Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman select 13 words for an extravagant journey and a chic definition of life style

Lemony Snicket, 13 Words. Illustrated by Maira Kalman Published 2010 by HarperCollins, 40p   Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman elegantly demonstrate that we live in a world of words that connect themselves unexpectedly, creating unpredicted possibilities. There are connections between birds and hats, between goats and convertibles and even between a baby and a haberdashery.… Continue reading How to celebrate words unless transforming them into stories? Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman select 13 words for an extravagant journey and a chic definition of life style

The Great Bear – a powerful story on individual freedom, respect and the myth of Ursa Major

Libby Gleeson, Armin Greder, The Great Bear Published 2010 by Walker Books (first published 1999 by Scholastic Australia), 40p   Based upon a dream Libby Gleeson had in 1995, The Great Bear is an intense story about an abused bear in a medieval circus somewhere in Europe, that has the courage to escape captivity. A… Continue reading The Great Bear – a powerful story on individual freedom, respect and the myth of Ursa Major

Who sets the limit between real and fantastic? Is there any? Haruki Murakami plays again with imagination in his novella, The Strange Library

Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library Published 2014 by Harvill Secker (first published 2005), 88p   Ever since I was little my mother had told me, if you don’t know something, go to the library and look it up.   I still remember my excitement when I discovered Haruki Murakami and the pleasure of his texts.… Continue reading Who sets the limit between real and fantastic? Is there any? Haruki Murakami plays again with imagination in his novella, The Strange Library