Brave New World: The Rise of Mass Man

2019-11-11T23:26:00+00:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , |

Huxley’s preoccupation with and concern about the increasing prosperity and numbers of the proletariat found expression in Brave New World. Huxley felt the masses had grown more menacing with population increases and he wrote the novel at a time when it seemed mankind could not recover from the problems of war, depression, and explosive technological progress.

A Clockwork Orange: Viddying Metaphor

2019-11-09T12:58:23+00:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: CINEMA, LITERATURE|Tags: , , , |

Whatever tempted Kubrick to adapt the novel A Clockwork Orange and deal with its extraordinary difficulties, his methods of rising to their challenges were equally extraordinary in themselves—so much so that he ended up creating a film that is richer than its source in texture and, in its extension and development of certain thematic implications, more resonant as well.

Children’Novels and the Movies: Watership Down (1972)

2019-03-15T14:24:09+00:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: CINEMA, LITERATURE|Tags: , , |

Watership Down (1972) came into being as a brief, whimsi­cal tale of rabbits told to amuse Richard Adams’s daughters. Its popularity with them was such that finally he was forced to work out the ramifications of his simple story, and the novel took shape. A labor of love, it was inspired by the desire to tell a good story. The tone of the story reflects this attitude.

Aldous Huxley’s Quest for Values: Religion

2019-01-24T20:16:56+00:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , |

Huxley’s ideas have been subjected to much criticism. Those which have been most criticized deal with religion; they have been attacked not only by the critics who have been disturbed by their religious and philosophical implications, but by those who have been bored by Huxley’s occasionally excessive didacticism.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment Notes

2019-11-09T23:46:38+00:00April 13th, 2018|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , |

Rodion Raskolnikov is a young intellectual in his early twenties. Crushed by poverty, he has been forced to drop out of the university and now lives in a shabby little garret unable to pay the rent or buy food. With no prospects for the future, finding no outlet for his talents, he rages against a society callously indifferent to people like him.

JEAN GIONO: THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES

2018-03-30T12:43:56+01:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , |

The Man Who Planted Trees (French title: L'homme qui plantait des arbres) is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953. It tells the story of one shepherd's long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century.

STEPHEN KING: INTERVISTA A PLAYBOY

2018-03-25T10:34:24+01:00March 24th, 2018|Categories: INTERVIEWS, LITERATURE|Tags: |

Nel giugno del 1983 Playboy Usa incontra un maestro del brivido che nella sua successiva carriera avrebbe pubblicato oltre sessanta opere, tutte regolarmente entrate nella classifica dei bestseller. King racconta gli inizi molto difficili, il successo inaspettato e quella sottile linea di follia che tiene legata fin dal principio tutta la sua produzione.

STEPHEN KING: PLAYBOY INTERVIEW (1983) – by Eric Norden

2018-03-25T10:41:46+01:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: INTERVIEWS, LITERATURE|Tags: |

In the early winter of 1972, a Maine housewife dusting her husband's makeshift study fished a discarded manuscript out of the wastebasket and sat down to read it. When Stephen King returned from teaching high school English that evening, his wife, Tabitha, persuaded him to resume work on the abandoned novel, despite his conviction "that I had written the world's all-time loser."

THE INCOMPARABLE ATUK: A CANADIAN ESKIMO’S AMERICAN DREAM – by Arnold E. Davidson

2018-01-19T16:05:26+00:00January 19th, 2018|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , |

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.

ELIE WIESEL: THE NIGHT – PREFACE

2018-01-27T12:40:01+00:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , , |

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?

NOTA SU «DOPPIO SOGNO» – di Giuseppe Farese

2017-12-24T17:26:08+00:00December 24th, 2017|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , , , |

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.

GEORGE ORWELL: 1984 – Introduzione, antologia critica e bibliografia

2017-06-01T09:00:15+01:00May 29th, 2017|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , |

Introduzione, antologia critica e bibliografia a cura di Aldo Chiaruttini Arnoldo Mondatori Editore, Oscar Mondatori, Dicembre 1983 George Orwell La vita e l'opera George Orwell è il nome che lo scrittore inglese adottò negli anni trenta, in occasione della pubblicazione delle sue prime opere. Nato nel 1903 a Motihari in [...]

Doppio sogno (1926) – Testo Italiano

2019-03-04T10:16:01+00:00March 4th, 2017|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , , |

Doppio sogno (titolo originale tedesco Traumnovelle) è un romanzo breve, o novella, di Arthur Schnitzler scritto nel 1925; la prima edizione ufficiale tedesca è del 1926. Doppio Sogno si inserisce nell'estetica del decadentismo viennese di inizio secolo XX; racconta la crisi che colpisce una giovane coppia borghese nella Vienna degli anni venti.

DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? by Phillip K. Dick

2017-05-08T09:23:40+01:00October 8th, 2016|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , , , |

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Phillip K. Dick TO MAREN AUGUSTA BERGRUD AUGUST 10, 1923 — JUNE 14, 1967 AND STILL I DREAM HE TREADS THE LAWN, WALKING GHOSTLY IN THE DEW, PIERCED BY MY GLAD SINGING THROUGH. Yeats AUCKLAND A TURTLE WHICH EXPLORER CAPTAIN COOK GAVE TO [...]

HARRY GREY – MANO ARMATA – Testo italiano

2019-08-26T21:06:06+01:00May 16th, 2016|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , , , , |

Italian translation of Harry Grey's novel The Hoods (it. Mano Armata), published by Longanesi. The book was the model for the film Once Upon a Time in America by Sergio Leone. MANO ARMATA Romanzo di HARRY GREY Traduzione dall'originale inglese The Hoods di Adriana Pellegrini Edizione Longanesi Milano CAPITOLO I [...]