books of the week

Books of the Week: 23rd – 28th February

28 Febbraio 2015 at 08:03 By

by José Saramago

Artur Paz Semedo, an employee in a weapon factory, is stricken by some images of the film L’Espoir  by André Malraux. His passions for arms starts vacillating and,  when his wife suggests him to investigate  about the real business transaction of his company, ….unfortunately the book is incomplete because of the author’s sudden death.
THE AUTHOR – José de Sousa Saramago (1922 – 2010) was a Portuguese writer awarded of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. His works, are mainly allegories, and present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor. Saramago was a founding member of the National Front for the Defense of Culture in Lisbon in 1992, and co-founder with Orhan Pamuk, of the European Writers’ Parliament (EWP).Discouraged by this political censorship of his work, Saramago went into exile on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, upon which he resided until his death in 2010. among his  works: O Conto da Ilha Desconhecida (1997); A Caverna (2000), A Maior Flor do Mundo (2001), O Homem Duplicado (2002), Ensaio sobre a Lucidez (2004), Don Giovanni ou O Dissoluto Absolvido and As Intermitências da Morte (both written in 2005), As Pequenas Memórias (2006), A Viagem do Elefante (2008), Caim (2009).

(Labour Force) by Maurizio Landini

The book deals with the obstacles the Italian workers have benn facing for the last years and tries to define the role the Trade Unions should assume to cope with the new emergenies.
THE AUTHOR – Maurizio Landini (1961) is a metalworker and has been general secretary of FIOM – metalworkers confederation – since 2010. He has already published an  interview with Giancarlo Feliziani Cambiare la fabbrica per cambiare il mondo (2011)


(This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate) by Naomi Klein

The book puts forth the argument that the hegemony of neo- liberal market fundamentalism is blocking any serious reforms to halt climate change and protect the environment.
THE AUTHOR – Naomi Klein (1970) is a Canadian author, journalist and social activist: she is known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of corporate capitalism. His books include No Logo, and The Shock Doctrine, a critical analysis of the history of neo-liberal economics.

by Antonio Di Bella

The events occurred on 7th January in Paris have not changed the liberal spirit of the French capital city which must be visited overcoming the stereotypes and the fear of terrorism.
THE AUTHOR – Antonio Di Bella ( 1956) is the head of the RAI correspondent office in Paris, after being director of Tg3 (2001-09) and Rai3 (2009-10).

– Confessioni e consigli delle ragazze di successo
(Women power – confessions and advices of successful women) by Maria Latella

The book presents a series of interviews with  some important and influent Italian women who reveal the obstacles they found on their path, their failures and sense of guilty. But their message is: go on and never give up.
THE AUTHOR – Maria Latella is a journalist for magazines and TV. Her publications include: Tendenza Veronica (2004) and Come si conquista un paese (2009).

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