All Quiet on the Western Front is often praised for the way it faithfully captures not only the physical experience of war, but the psychological bent of the young soldiers who were caught up in its futile and alienating brutality. Modris Eksteins, professor of history at the University of Toronto, Canada, argues that it is more accurate to say that Remarque captured the postwar mind.
Articolo commemorativo di Nazzareno D’Errico su Pier Paolo Pasolini «cristiano e marxista», apparso nel numero di novembre del 1976 del mensile illustrato «Historia»
Yevgeny Zamyatin has a sound claim to the invention of the science fiction dystopia. This book, Zamyatin’s only novel, barely saw publication during his tragically shortened lifetime. The Russian text spread by hand-typed samizdat manuscripts in the St. Petersburg literary circles and through tattered, covert copies of a single emigre publication in Prague.
The title of The Incomparable Atuk suggests a certain satiric borrowing from The Great Gatsby. Gatsby may have been “great,” but Atuk is “incomparable.” The similarity between the two works extends considerably beyond their titles, however, for Atuk pursues his dream of his own destiny with a dedication worthy of Gatsby himself.
He had information that the gangsters wanted desperately, even if they had to kill him
William Gibson is this year’s hungry stranger. He brings to the clubby little world of science fiction a genuinely new perception. His influences are not the safe icons like the Heinleins, but are the harrowing visions of a Robert Stone.
If in my lifetime I was to write only one book, this would be the one. Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writings after Night, including those that deal with biblical, Talmudic, or Hasidic themes, profoundly bear its stamp, and cannot be understood if one has not read this very first of my works. Why did I write it?
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Per sfuggire alla povertà la giovane Songlian accetta di diventare quarta sposa e concubina del ricco Chen Zuoqian.
Non v’è dubbio che la tematica onirico-reale-surreale di Traumnovelle, scritta da Arthur Schnitzler fra il 1921 e il 1925 ma già abbozzata nel 1907, eserciti una singolare attrazione sul lettore e lo induca, quasi naturalmente, a guardare alla psicoanalisi come al più vicino, ineludibile modello del suggestivo racconto.
The essay provides a general introduction to Lem’s work, including an annotated bibliography. Relates Solaris to the main traditions of speculative fiction.
I cannot, for my soul, remember how, when, or even precisely where, I first became acquainted with the lady Ligeia. Long years have since elapsed, and my memory is feeble through much suffering.
by Sam S. Baskett In April, 1907, Jack London sailed out the Golden Gate aboard his $30,000 yacht, bound on what was planned as a
When did I see Jerusalem for the first time? I don’t even know. When I visited the city for the first time, it seemed to me that it was not for the first time. At the same time, each visit since then I have had the feeling it is my first visit.
Penelope Gilliatt interview with Vladimir Nabokov, for American Vogue, 1966
The Death of Ivan Ilych, by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, is the story of a dying man’s struggle to come to terms with the meaning of his life, even as he endures an agonizing death.
Se gli androidi di Dick sono stupidamente malvagi come vuole il loro programma, non diversamente vanno le cose per i pochi esseri umani che incontriamo in questo paesaggio con rovine
Late in his career, in the essay “Man, Android and Machine,’’ Philip K. Dick said the android is “a thing somehow generated to deceive us in a cruel way, to cause us to think it to be one of ourselves.”
Carole Mallory interviews Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller for Playboy magazine in 1992. The article was titled “The Kurt and Joe Show.”
Raccolta di articoli apparsi sul quotidiano L’Unione Sarda il giorno dopo la morte di Emilio Lussu
Lo scrittore sardo Giuseppe Dessì intervistato in occasione della pubblicazione del suo romanzo Paese d’ombre