The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang: a tender story about dreams, parental love and the journeys we make in life to achieve happiness

Sun-mi Hwang, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly. Translated by Chi-Young Kim. Illustrations by Nomoco Published 2014 by Oneworld Publications, 144p (first published 2000). In limba romana: Gainusa care voia sa zboare, EdituraArthur, 2016   It’s funny how usually we disconsider hens, blaming them for being too dull and too simplistic in their existence.… Continue reading The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang: a tender story about dreams, parental love and the journeys we make in life to achieve happiness

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

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin: a controversial novel about passion, love, shame and bisexuality

James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room Published 2007 by Penguin Books, 150p (first published 1956)   David, the main protagonist in Giovanni’s Room is one of the most irritating characters I have come across lately; it’s one of those so self-centered and so self-sufficient men that could easily make you put down the book with exasperation. But… Continue reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin: a controversial novel about passion, love, shame and bisexuality

Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

Philippa Rice, Soppy Published 2014 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 108p   I am a person that appreciates the details; both in fashion and in life. I love the delicate buttons of a shirt but also the love messages Ema leaves for me on the screen of my laptop or the cup of coffee my husband… Continue reading Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

Playing and Reality by D.W. Winnicott: a collection of essays that explain the essence of playing and the influence of first experiences in infancy on human development

D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality Published 2005 by Routledge Classics (first published in 1971 by Tavistock Publications), 214p   Donald Woods Winnicott was one of the most influential personalities in the British psychoanalytical field, developing several theories that are still referred to even today. He died in 1971 after a 50-year long career as a… Continue reading Playing and Reality by D.W. Winnicott: a collection of essays that explain the essence of playing and the influence of first experiences in infancy on human development

Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman, illustrated by Cristina Amodeo: an exploration of the artist’s final years dedicated to printmaking, paper cut-outs and “construction by means of colour”

Samantha Friedman, Matisse’s Garden. Illustrations by Cristina Amodeo. With reproductions of artworks by Henri Matisse Published 2014 by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 48p   One of the things that I hope I will manage to do in the near future is to visit The Museum of Modern Art in New York; I… Continue reading Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman, illustrated by Cristina Amodeo: an exploration of the artist’s final years dedicated to printmaking, paper cut-outs and “construction by means of colour”

Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be

Olivier Tallec, Louis I, King of the Sheep Published 2015 by Enchanted Lion Books, 34p It was a nice coincidence how in the last couple of weeks, still very anchored in the Romanian political reality, still reading the news every day and revolting myself in front of my laptop, it happened to come across and… Continue reading Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be