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My Free German Youth

 “FRIDAY DI-VERSO” “There was no need to rage. There was no need. Life was on our side.” The eyes of memory choose what to remember; and this makes the difference. The original title of this “episodic novel” is literally “My German Free Youth”. Now: it sounds a bit like “my cool summer in the Sahara”. Because Claudia Rush grew up in the GDR, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, which she was not really democratic, considering that that...

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Useless thoughts do not like high altitude

Writte by Donatella Lanza This review is available only in the original language _________________________________________________   Camminare esercita un potere emolliente sui pensieri, soprattutto quelli ingarbugliati e dolorosi. Questa convinzione è una delle cose che più mi accomuna ad Arianna, la protagonista del racconto. Di origine romana, Arianna si è trasferita a Milano per lasciarsi alle spalle un presente incerto, in equilibrio precario tra slancio artistico e ricerca della stabilità economica, tormentato da relazioni sentimentali infelici....

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Temptation

 “FRIDAY DI-VERSO” “The building is sumptuous but the kingdom is in ruins.” First you have to sleep on it. You have to fall asleep with questions, images in your head, trust that they will clear up behind closed eyelids, you have to let the visions settle, ask yourself what was real, what not, ask yourself if it matters. The plot is soon told. There is a man who is a hunter, a father and a surgeon,...

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And the Birds Rained Down by

THE FIRST REVIEW OF THE MONTH WILL BE DEDICATED TO THE NEW VOICE: “MONDAY DI-VERSO” “Happiness simply needs to be indulged.” How is it that these old men in books always cut off our legs? What is this tenderness that hits low when it seemed to us that we were immovable and disenchanted? “And the Birds Rained Down by” is a 2011 novel (anticipating by a few years “Our souls at night” by K. Haruf,...

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While everything changes

“Holiness cannot be diluted, as indeed can’t the sins.” The story told is that of a group of teenagers (Vela, Best, Paolino and Ivan) in the last summer before crossing the “Shadow line”. The desire to grow and forge ahead will lead them to discover the profound meaning of friendship, the value of sex and love, up to that of death. Before the beginning of summer, our boys find a lifeless drug addict in a...

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Four – The awakening

“You are the only hope the world has…” The first book of the “Four” saga, the Awakening is a tale belonging to the world of urban fantasy dedicated to lovers of the genre, full of action, twists and magic. A plot that has managed to capture the attention of even those who are not familiar with the genre in BooktoMi’s community. The basis of the story is, as usual, the primordial clash between Good and...

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The repetitions

“What do you think I am, am I your good or am I your bad?” If you want to be tested by a book, here is the right reading for you. Dear readers, take this as a test to really be defined as such. We ask you explicitly: are you ready to enter Mario’s thoughts? In his obsessions, in his obsessive and repetitive thoughts? And what if you discover that you could be like Mario?...

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Tomorrow we will have other names

THE FIRST REVIEW OF THE MONTH WILL BE DEDICATED TO THE NEW VOICE: “MONDAY DI-VERSO” “There was a moment when they both hesitated, then they hesitate no more.” Edgar Lee Masters said: “When the beloved withdraws from your soul, then you have lost yours.” Which is true and it’s not, but it takes forever to learn. He and She. The nameless protagonists of a unique story equal to millions of others, the story of two...

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Nuovissimo testamento

“The authority that pretends to educate people but in reality governs with paternalism has the open road.” What would it be like to live in a nation where it has been scientifically decided to eliminate empathy because it is considered a disturbing element of democracy? Can the elimination of free thinking to ensure a smooth functioning of the political-bureaucratic machine of a country be considered the right price to pay? We thus entered the story...

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The year that was Christmas twice in Rome

“Because happiness is not produced by cutting: it almost never works, as with wisteria.” A gang of three makeshift “thieves” has a mission that is far from being equal to them. The author offers us a correct characterization of all our protagonists, so much so that we can imagine them without any difficulty in the scene of a comic film: the novel has a clear cinematic setting which constitutes its true strength. Without revealing too...