September 21, 2017 6:51 am

NOT NECESSARY TO FOLLOW HIM – Waiting for Austerlitz, novel page

WAITING FOR AUSTERLITZ is a novel by the misleading title. Sure, some of the stories lived by the protagonists of the book are temporally reference to the places of an ancient battle, but the narrative focus is love, timeless love from a diary, an old diary that had yellowed over the years. Pages, written by a hussar of the first ...

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BELVEDERE MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS – Tina Blau, until April 9, 2017

Born in Vienna in 1845, Tina Blau became one of the most successful landscapists in her years. She started taking private tuition at the age of fifteen and went on her first study trip to Transylvania at sixteen. After studying in Vienna and Munich, she made a vital contribution to developing a special style of Austrian landscape painting known as ...

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A WOMAN CALLED TINA – The first painter Post / Impressionist art history

TINA BLAU 1/3 – “If you really want to become an artist, you have to learn to surmount problems”. This is what Simon Blau wrote to his sixteen-year-old daughter, who was on a study trip in Transylvania. She owed her successful career partly to her father, who lived out his own artistic dreams through his daughter, providing all the support necessary ...

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EXTINCTION – Novel by Thomas Bernhard

He was born in a Holland convent (his mother, unwed at the time, had fled there from Austria to give birth). After a year, she returned to her parents in Vienna, where her father became the major influence on Bernhard. After surviving a life-threatening coma, he studied music and drama in Salzburg and Vienna. Thomas Bernhard, was an Austrian writer ...

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THE GODFATHER OF A NEW FORM OF POP ART

BANKSY 1/3 – He is the godfather of a new form of pop art, that originated on the street. He used a foundation created by peers, to spread powerful messages using accessible street art. Banksy’s artwork, has been seen across the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INPxijwS3AY His travels have included Israel and Jamaica, Australia and England, the United States and even Canada. Arguably ...

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I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

By the soundtrack by the Lolita’s film, “I’m in the mood for love”, an song written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, performed by Vera Lynn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGj9GhjZhSE, other versions are those of Rod Stewart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXk4QWg4aI4, Louis Armostrong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri2CkhAKW1E and Barbra Streisand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLtIP63KXv0: I’m in the mood for love simply because you’re near me. Funny, but when you’re near me I’m ...

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LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS – Lolita, novel by Vladimir Nabokov

The novel is narrated by Humbert. The novel’s flamboyant style is characterized by double entendres, multilingual puns, anagrams, and coinages such as nymphet (word, which can be found in most dictionaries). Lolita, today it is regarded as one of the prime achievements in 20th century literature. The novel was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY0LrmKXsB8 and again by Adrian ...

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ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY

This highly respected anthology https://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-American-Poetry-Poulin/dp/0618527850 presents the works of 70 poets who have shaped the contours and direction of mainstream American poetry (from 1960 to the present). Contemporary American Poetry was designed to provide a rich reading experience, more than 500 selections illustrate the variety and vitality of American poetry over the last few decades. For each poet, the collection ...

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ROMANTIC GETAWAYS AROUND THE WORLD

  You can spend the day sightseeing Portofino, a lush seaside village famous for its picturesque harbour  and many artistic visitors. The “Piazzetta,” meeting-up point for the international jet-set, is the symbol of town, while the port, with its characteristic, brightly-colored houses, is the icon of this borgo’s maritime traditions, whose inhabitants were called delfini (“dolphins”).  Don’t miss to climb the ...

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