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POSITANO, STORIES OF A CITY ON THE SEA – Stefan Andres and his “Dead City”, sniffing a seedling of capers

The Positano terraces are “a well-built nest with strands of silence”. This is the definition given by Stefan Andres, a German writer who lived a long time on the Amalfi coast. In Positano, Liparlati is the so-called “Dead City district”. He, from his home perched looking right out to the sea, has described those places, even for you. “Dead City”, ...

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ASK THE DUST – Romance, by John Fante

Inside the novel Ask the dust, thou shalt know Arturo Bandini, the protagonist, the writer dreamer son of penniless immigrants (who lives eating Sun oranges), ironic, snide towards their peers, capricious, always conscious and unconscious sometimes arrogant, try to love but don’t know how to do. Thou shalt know also Camilla Lopez, the young Mexican waitress who made frequent use ...

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THE DOLL – Romance, by Bolesław Prus

The Doll contains many subtle literary allusions, as well as references to contemporary Polish and European history and politics. The Doll, will contribute to a deeper understanding of the culture and history of countries which, since the opening of iron curtain, have been coming closer to us in many other ways. The city of Warsaw (under Russian rule in the ...

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THE WHITE ARMS OF LADY SORGEDAHL – Novel, by Lars Gustafsson

Lars Gustafsson was born in 1936 in Sweden, loving mathematics and philosophy, but he knew how to love life also writing poems and novels. In his stories (as well as in his poems), you see the nuances of the imagination, where the rich man of knowledge plays with time and with their own identity. Not forgetting, reading what he has ...

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NORWEGIAN WOOD – Romance, by Haruki Murakami

When your geographical horizon extends – for business or pleasure – you have the wonderful opportunity to hear you inside, like the perfectly proportioned man (created by Leonardo da Vinci), correlating the symmetry of human anatomy to the symmetry of the universe. What you see, hear, eat and feel, it’s all inside the Vitruvian approach to life. The original title ...

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THE VOICES OF THE RIVER – Novel, Jaume Cabré

JAUME CABRE’ > Jaume Cabré i Fabré, is a Spanish writer (a native of Catalonia), but he is also a professor of audiovisual writing. Two story books, are the beginning of his stories. In 1978, he published his first novel, in which you identify the themes throughout his work: the power and the human condition. The second novel, starring a ...

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THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH – Romance, by Ken Follet

KEN FOLLET > He became a reporter, first with his home-town newspaper the South Wales Echo and later with the London Evening News. While working on the Evening News he wrote his first novel, which was published but did not become a bestseller. Before this novel was published, he was known for writing in the thriller genre. He burst into ...

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A WALK TO REMEMBER – Novel, by by Nicholas Sparks

NICHOLAS SPARKS > All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 65 million copies in the United States alone. He is the author of novels The Notebook, Message in a Bottle and Nights in Rodanthe, among others. He wrote his first (unpublished) novel while ...

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HUMMINGBIRD – Novel, by LaVyrle Spencer

LAVYRLE SPENCER > She is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has successfully published a number of books, with several of them made into movies. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers. She was born on July 17, 1943 in Browerville (Minnesota), where she was raised. Spencer didn’t begin her first novel ...

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY – Romance, by Jane Austen,

JANE AUSTEN > She was born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. While not widely known in her own time, Austen’s comic novels of love among the landed gentry gained popularity after 1869, and her reputation skyrocketed in the 20th century. Her family was close, and the children grew up in an environment that stressed learning and creative ...

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