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The abyss and the abyss invoked by the abyss

Sometimes (often, really) we find little gems of text within an already great work of literature. I stumbled in this terrific segment by Writer Gianfranco Garofiglio:   Le cose non esistono se non abbiamo le parole per chiamarle. Things do … Continue reading

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Mapping a Novel

I just finished reading a nice book, a noir first from a relatively unknown new French author with an English name, Julia Deck. Book title is Viviane Élisabeth Fauville (in english, it’s Viviane) and it’s a “beautiful” story of the … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina

Image via Wikipedia The following quote from Anna Karenina illustrates quite well one of the commonest vices of current well-spoken and well-educated dandy people who inhabit our petite bourgeoisie. Stepan Arkadyevitch took in and read a liberal paper, not an … Continue reading

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The Philosopher’s Stone

It is widely known that titles of books, films and other works, are often translated very liberally. Sometime, they are literal; sometime they are extravagantly different. “War and Peace”, rest assured, is literally the same title in all languages, at … Continue reading

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Murder, Madness and Mayhem

Image via Wikipedia Sometimes people object to using Wikipedia for academic purposes. I am not going to deal with the pros and cons of such use here (though I am convinced the pros far outnumber the cons). I am going … Continue reading

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