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SPRING SHADES IN BOOKS AND MUSIC

At the spring equinox days are 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses. It’s springtime outside, slugger. It’s springtime and soon all the trees will have leaves. Cherry trees bloom in the springtime. Springtime synonyms? Blossom, florescence, floruit, flower, flush, heyday, high noon, prime, salad days. Springtime refers also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection ...

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WORDS WITH FRAGRANCE OF SPRING

Spring time is calling you. Your world becomes filled with color and the scent of delicious greenery. Spring gives you hope for rejuvenation. https://www.amazon.com/Spring-Poems-Grande-Directions-Paperbook/dp/0811216853 It is time to renew the excitement. It is a miraculous experience, because the whole world comes alive after the winter, in which it seemed, everything was dead. The world, that seemed so dull and cold, ...

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SHE WAS WRITING IN A NERVOUS HUSH – Elena Shvarts, the woman that explored the themes of marginality and authenticity

She published sixteen books of poetry and prose (plus a four-volume collected works during her lifetime). Elena Shvarts was a major figure in the underground Leningrad and became widely known and translated after the fall of the Soviet Union. Born in Leningrad, she attended the University of Tartu, where her first poems were published in 1973. She explored the themes ...

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SOCIETY AND SOLITUDE – Ralph Waldo Emerson

That son of a minister of the Unitarian Church died in Concord in 1882, but was born in 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts. Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered a central figure in American culture. His work has influenced the whole American literary tradition. His instances are perceived in the American pragmatism and contemporary law (the Privacy Act, has roots in the ...

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IN THE MISO SOUP – Novel, by Ryu Murakami

Born in 1952 in Nagasaki prefecture, he is the enfant terrible of contemporary Japanese literature. His best known novels? Almost Transparent Blue, Coin Locker Babies and In the Miso Soup. His novels always explore human nature through themes of drug use and surrealism, murder and war. His real name is Murakami Ryūnosuke, but this Japanese writer (writer and director) is ...

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WORLD LITERATURE – Tour recommendations in Argentina

Argentine literature is one of the most prolific and influential in the whole Spanish speaking world, that began around 1550 (with the work of Matías Rojas de Oquendo and Pedro González de Prado). Towards the end of the 19th century, modernism appears in Latin American literature. The 1990s are marked by reunion among survivors of different generations, in an intellectual ...

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THE CHARM OF THE SICILIAN POETRY – Little Sicilian literary park

What explains Sicilians’ passion for literature? It is a certain sense of realism. It comes as no surprise, that Sicilian literature is a reflection of Sicily’s cultural identity over the centuries. Sicilian school and Tuscan poets (centred in the courts of Emperor Frederick II) established the vernacular – as opposed to Provençal – the standard language for Italian love poetry. ...

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RECOMMENDED READING LIST OF SICILIAN LITERATURE

Good Girls Don’t Wear Trousers, is an autobiographical novel by Lara Cardella (published when the author was only age 19). The novel tells the plight of a teenager, forced into the mental and cultural restrictions of Sicily in the 1980s. It became a social phenomenon, and was translated in several languages. In 1990, the book was adapted into a film ...

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NOVELS ABOUT DORDOGNE

The Dordogne? http://meetingbenches.com/2017/03/dordognes-inner-landscapes/ No part of France is so impassioned by its culinary heritage as this deeply gourmet idyll in the rural south-west. Your personal enlightenment can find one special autumn as you wander on the Saturday-morning market in Périgueux. But, complete insider’s guide to the Dordogne (including hotels, restaurants, things to do, attractions, camping and glamping sites), maybe need ...

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STARS OVER THE DORDOGNE – Wan, dulled by much travelling

Born in 1932 to middle class parents in Massachusetts, Sylvia Plath published her first poem at the age of eight. She was a sensitive person, who tended to be a bit of a perfectionist. She was what many would consider a model daughter. She won a scholarship to Smith College in 1950 (even then she had an enviable list of ...

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