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I LOVE YOUS ARE FOR WHITE PEOPLE – Romance, by Lac Su

To face his past, come to terms with the baggage he’ve been carrying with him, for so long, and learn from it. Writing helped. He sought therapy for the first time in his life while writing the book. Lac Su left his homeland of Vietnam under gunfire and at age five, began his life in America in an apartment teeming ...

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AMERICAN POETRY – Obscenities, by Michael Casey

His style was realistic and atmospheric. His first collection was chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Michael Casey (born in Lowell, Massachusetts,1947) is American poet of Armenian descent. After graduating college he was drafted into the U.S. Army and his stay at Fort Leonardwood (Missouri) provided the background for the later book (The Million Dollar Hole). In 1972 ...

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THE WRONG PATIENTS – Novel, by Sonia Hernandez

As she says, her books come from her intimate need. She is a literary critic of the supplement of Cultura La Vanguardia, but she is also a Spanish writer and some of her tales and poems have been translated into English, Swedish and Armenian. Sonia Hernandez was born in Terrassa in 1976 and published her first poetry book when she ...

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THOSE BLUE DAYS AND THAT SUN OF CHILDHOOD – Three poems by Antonio Machado, one of the greatest Spanish poets of all time

He was a Spanish poet and writer, one of the greatest of all time. Antonio Machado was born in Seville in 1875, but at the age of eight he left the Andalusian city and went to Madrid. He studied at a secular and modern school. Later he traveled to Paris, where he also met Oscar Wilde and poet Rubén Darío. ...

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THE ERASERS (Les Gommes) – Novel, by Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922/2008)

He was born in Brest, to a family of scientists, and was trained as an agricultural engineer. His first published novel was The Erasers (Les Gommes), which was issued in 1953. He was one of the figures most associated with the new novel. Alain Robbe-Grillet is internationally hailed as the chief spokesman for the noveau roman, and one of the ...

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GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE (1880/1918) – Leader of the Surrealist movement, which marked an epoch

He became friends with avant-garde artists (including Picasso and Braque, Rousseau and Duchamp). Illegitimate son of Polish woman and an unidentified man (his father may have been a cardinal in the Church or an Italian military officer) was born in Rome. His career influenced the development of such artistic movements (as Futurism and Cubism, Dadaism, and Surrealism). Guillaume Apollinaire was bohemian artist ...

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GERMAN LITERATURE – My Heart, by Else Lasker-Schüler

Assuming the guise of alter egos such as Tino of Baghad or the Prince of Thebes, she weaves a web of Oriental fantasies to inform her husband of her infidelities. “I am wildly in love with someone, but I’ll say no more about him. This way it could always be you.” Set around the Café des Westens, the epicenter of ...

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GERMAN POETRY – Love poetry of Else Lasker-Schüler

She was German poetess, the lyrical phenomenon of modern Germany. She grew up as a prodigal child, in fact, at four years she already knew how to read and write. In 1894 he moved to Berlin, where he remained until 1933. Here she published first poems. Her first collection of poems was published in 1902. Else Lasker-Schüler with a collection ...

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SONECHKA – Novel, by Lyudmila Ulitskaya

Yevgenyevna Lyudmila Ulitskaya is a Russian biochemist and writer. She started publishing novels in the 1980s, but the first work of success was the novel Sóniechka, published in 1992. Since then she has published more than 10 novels with a psychological prose, which resembles Chekhov. Her work often places attention on female characters, making visible inequality between men and women, ...

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SHE WAS DEEPLY LOVED BY RUSSIAN PEOPLE – Anna Akhmatova, short lyric poems and structured cycles

Two years before her death at the age of 76, she was chosen president of the Writers’ Union. Anna Akhmatova was a Russian modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Her work ranges from short lyric poems to structured cycles (such as Requiem, tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror). She was born into upper-class family ...

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