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Adoration

“Everyone is always someone else’s district, also Latina was a district.” Adoration is a novel in which the lives of adolescents intertwine, divided between the tragic death of their young friend Elena, constantly evoked, and a summer like many others, divided between the blossoming of bitter loves and new self-discoveries. The writing tends to have a story with an interesting core, more current and realistic than ever, but with a development, in our opinion, confused...

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That blue of Genoa

“Pizza is poverty experienced as wealth.” After the death of his father, Pietro, a middle-aged Milanese man, finds himself rewinding the history of his family, and goes to San Francisco to settle some pending matters of a home of his ancestors. There he finds a writing by one of his ancestors destined for future memory, in which he recounts the events that led him to flee Milan after taking part in the revolts against the...

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The lost bread

“I  wanted to go back into my mother’s womb and never be born again.” The book is a dry and poignant autobiography. The writer tells us about her life, from childhood until today, and entrusts us, without dwelling in pity, the difficult life lived in Hungary between the poverty of her family, the traumatic experience of deportation to the concentration camp, suffering and agony. and finally living as a survivor. We could easily tell ourselves...

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Native language

THE FIRST REVIEW OF THE MONTH WILL BE DEDICATED TO THE NEW VOICE: “MONDAY DI-VERSO” “Es regnet so stark und es ist so schön, wenn es so stark regnet.” Dirty words. Clean words. What can a word dirty? A word is a construction of sounds, associations, meanings. It has its own physical consistency, a different flavor for each mouth. There is a love for words that not everyone understands because not everyone is used to...

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Two lives

“We were not born to become wise, but to resist, escape, steal some pleasure from a world that was not made for us.” Two Lives is a book that does not lie: it is exactly the story of two lives of the author’s two friends, Pia Pera and Rocco Carbone. It is a novel that moves us although it is immersed in a disarming narrative simplicity, precisely because it is configured, from the very first...

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Save yourself who have a dream

“Sometimes I think that the real curse of my continent is not so much poverty, but the fact that when you are poor you only think of yourself.” Guidrigildo, a word of Lombard origin formed by wer (man, in Latin vir) and geld (price, value), is the sum of money that represented the allowance to be paid to the relatives of the killed person. So here is the whole book enclosed in a single word...

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Shine like life

“The happy ending must be conquered, not invented.” Maria Grazia Calandrone entrusts us with a very private and intimate story; with bitter notes from the very first pages. It is the story of a mother-daughter relationship consisting of a very deep love during the golden years of childhood and enormous chaos in the years to come. It is not a simple story told by a daughter, but a troubled relationship with an adoptive mother who...

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Italian postcolonial

“The ability and the inability to tell the other, the wonderful and arrogant need to define him.” University monograph, structured for a niche reader, but which can also be read with interest and concentration by a wider audience, because the topic is treated in such a way as to be accessible to all history lovers. Divided into chapters that address and analyze the question of historical and cultural postcolonialism from different points of view, the...

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Cara Pace

“To that cry of love, with what voice to answer?” “Dear peace” is a shared pain; the story of two sisters forced to act as a shield against a childhood cut short by a life of orphans even though they are not. The narrating voice is that of Maddalena, who lives in Paris, far from her sister Nina; little Nina who needs protection and love whose only “place” she always manages to take refuge in...

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Names and animals

“An aunt had told him that his mother was sick and when he had asked about what, his aunt had said to him: mentally ill”. Every now and then, it happens to everyone, we find a book in our hands by chance and something suggests we move it to the top of the notorious “To Be Read” stack. So it was for this NN, open between the skeptic and the lazy on this sentence: “In...