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ORLANDO FURIOSO – The finest expression of the literary tendencies of the Italian Renaissance

Ludovico Ariosto was born in Italy, in 1474, Reggio Emilia (duchy of Modena). He was Italian poet, remembered for his epic poem Orlando furioso, the finest expression of the literary tendencies and spiritual attitudes of the Italian Renaissance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrCpiJL8YXE Upon its publication in 1516, Orlando furioso enjoyed immediate popularity throughout Europe. He showed an inclination toward poetry from an early …

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RENAISSANCE’S NOVELS – Where he developed a new way to read and conceive of themselves

Advice on historical novels? If historical novels are your passion, there is a period that can inspire many suggestions: the Renaissance and its extraordinary protagonists. Caravaggio and Leonardo, Raphael and Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Masaccio and Tiziano. That of Caravaggio – for example – has been an eventful and adventurous life lived intensely and relentlessly. He got the glory, gained the protection …

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CREATIVE LIFE STYLES – When even the comics are able to form something new

The creative lifestyles, are characterized by nonconforming attitudes and behaviors. With the creativity, an idea or a musical composition, literary work or a painting, they are phenomenons whereby something new is formed. Who are the top cartoonists in the world? The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they’re all …

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THREE STORIES OF SERIAL KILLER TO BE FEAR

In literature, the yellow kind is divided into sub-genres: crime and espionage, noir, and thriller. Since the holidays are upon us, there is nothing better than to look for a good book (for yourself, or for someone dear to you). The advice is to read a good thriller, a genre of fiction developed in the twentieth century. The main object …

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READING NOVELS ABOUT THE NAPOLEONIC ERA

The Napoleonic period begins with Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power as a general for the French Revolutionary government. He married Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796 and, days later, led the French army when it invaded Italy. He took over the reins of power in France in 1799 and was crowned Emperor in 1804. He conquered much of Europe before the …

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ANCIENT BATTLE’S OUTCOME – The Battle of Lepanto inside books, paintings and video

Americans know that in 1492 Christopher Columbus “sailed the ocean blue,” but how many know that the 1571 – the year of the battle of Lepanto, the most important naval contest in human history – is not well known to Americans. It happened in October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. In a papacy of great achievements, …

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NOVEL SET IN PENNSYLVANIA

Some famous books you might not have known were set in Pennsylvania? As you know, the setting of a book determines many details about the story, but not only the natural landscape in which the characters move. Some authors create new worlds for their stories, while some choose places that are familiar. Here are three examples of authors who situated …

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LOVER – A novel by Marguerite Duras.

Marguerite Duras, was a French writer and film director, born in French Indochina on April 4, 1914. Her father was a school principal and her mother was a teacher. After her father’s death, her family had moved to Sadek, where the mother dies during a flood. She is sent to boarding school in Saigon, where she falls in love with …

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TRANSPORT YOURSELF TO THE VIBRANT INDIA – The God of Small Things / Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things https://www.amazon.com/God-Small-Things-Novel/dp/0812979656 is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated. This Man Booker prize-winner is set in India’s southern state Kerala, away from the glamour of Deli and Mumbai. Commenting as much on human nature as it does on Indian politics, religion and the …

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READING ON THE TRAIN – A leap into the unknown

A train journey can be a terrible thing or comic. Maybe you are not the son of a railwayman, but you too spent a lot of time daydreaming on trains. Sometimes, of the memory of a trip on the train we just have a broken pencil on a seat, a forgotten object from the traveling companion, which had not had …

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