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books of the week

Books of the week: 21st July – 26th July

23 luglio 2014 at 21:30 By

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ORA O MAI PIU’ 
( No Time Like the Present) by Nadine Gordimer

Set during the period after the end of Aparteid, the book follows the story of a couple – Stephen, a white, half-Jewish, half Christian, and Jabulile (Jubu), a Zulu – who can now legally live together as a married couple in South Africa.
THE AUTHOR – Recently disappeared (14th July 2014), Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs, a gold mining town near Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1923, the daughter of immigrants. She was educated at a convent school and spent a year at Witswatersrand University. She always lived  in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her subject matters mainly deal with the effect of apartheid on the lives of South Africans and the psychological tensions in a racially-divided country. N. Gordimer was an ardent opponent of apartheid and refused to accept the system. Among her works are the short story collections A Soldier’s Embrace (1980), Something Out There (1984), Jump and Other Stories (1991). Loot (2003) and the novels The Lying Days (1953), A World of Strangers (1958); Occasion for Loving (1963), The Late Bourgeois World (1966), A Guest of Honour (1970), The Conservationist (1974), Burger’s Daughter (1979), July’s People (1981), House Gun (1998), The Pickup (2001) and Get A Life (2005).

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BUTTANISSIMA SICILIA
by Pietrangelo Buttafuoco

A very harsh criticism towards Sicily. Pietrangelo Buttafuoco attacks the fake revolution the new governor, Rosario Crocetta, is leading on, and the autonomous government that generates corruption and degradation.
THE AUTHOR – Pietrangelo Buttafuoco, journalist, has already published Fogli consanguinei ( 2001), Le Uova del Drago (2005), L’Ultima del Diavolo (2008), Cabaret Voltaire (2008) and Fimmini (Mondadori, 2009)

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CONOSCERE IL CERVELLO PER TENERLO IN FORMA
by (Keep fit learning about brain) Piero Angela

The book is a dialogue between the author and a silent reader about our brain and how it works. It is a wonderful machine that we should learn to use at best to avoid the damages of time passing
THE AUTHOR – Piero Angela has signed a lot of documentary and didactic programs for TV included “Quark” and “Superquark”. He has written many books translated into various languages about different subjects. His latest bestsellrs are Ti amerò per sempre (2005), Energia – La sfida del secolo (2006), Perché dobbiamo fare più figli (2008) e A cosa serve la politica? (2011). For his brilliant career he has been awarded nine lauree honoris causa.

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IL SERPENTE DI DIO (God’s Snake) by Nicolai Lilin

Two friends have grown up together in a Caucasian village in the mountains where  Muslims and Christians are linked by a pact. Things will change when a secret agent decides to start his drug business and the two friends will have to fight to presenrve their friendship and the values they belive in. ..till an unexpected surprise.
THE AUTHOR - Nicolai Lilin was born in Transnistria in 1980 and has been living in Italy since 2003. He writes in Italian and has already published Educazione siberiana (2009), Caduta libera (2010 and  2011), Il respiro del buio (2011 e 2013), Storie sulla pelle (2012 e 2013), Il serpente di Dio (2014) and  Trilogia siberiana (2014, which include Educazione siberiana, Caduta libera,  Il respiro del buio). In 2013 Gabriele Salvatores has adapted Educazione Siberiana into a film, starring John Malkovich.

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MARILYN NON L’AVREBBE MAI FATTO (Simply Irresistibile) by Ellen T. White
Ellen T. White explains how and why some women are so irresistible, they are “Sirens”. Beauty is very important, but more important is to follow passions and learn to live freely and fearlessly. The book makes famous examples of the great sirens of history—Eva Peron, Greta Garbo, Coco Chanel, Nigella Lawson, Angelina Jolie, Edith Piaf, Mata Hari, Marylyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis— who have exploited their talents working on them. At the end there is also a list of women whose example is better not to follow. The first? Anna Bolena.
THE AUTHOR – Ellen T. White works as managing editor of The New York Public Library, has spent a period as a theater critic for The New Haven Register, and is a cultural writer and editor for a number of magazines. She founded an “underground” comic newsletter for “the ironic and the unattached” some years ago, called The Solo Report. She lives in New York City.

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