TransPitch #2: Istruzioni per diventare fascisti, by Michela Murgia

Let’s not beat around the bush: we are experiencing the rise of a far right neo-fascist wave throughout Europe as well as globally. What does that have to do with books and why am I suddenly getting all political? Well, because books help us investigate and understand the world we live in, and because if…

“Motherhood” by Sheila Heti

I wish this review could consist of me quoting the entire book to you by screaming it at the top of my lungs. Alas, that would be a bit dificult (not to mention mildly frightening) so we’re stuck to pen on paper – or… bytes on screen, I guess? “Why are we still having children?…

“Lacci”/”Ties” by Domenico Starnone

[Scroll down for my review in English 👇] Appena ti sforzi di dire con chiarezza una cosa, ti accorgi che è chiara solo perché l’hai semplificata. Una delle prime cose che ho pensato dopo aver finito la lettura di “Lacci” è che sarebbe bastato descriverlo come “l’autopsia di una coppia”. In realtà, però, il romanzo…

#GraphicNovelMarch

No, it’s not a belated April’s Fool’s joke, it’s actually me! I’m finally back from my 3 month hibernation where I found a job, moved to another country and, alas, didn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to this!

#GrinchReview: “How to Stop Time” by Matt Haig

[Versione italiana!] What is it about popular books that makes you feel bad if you don’t end up liking them? Probably just a truckload of disappointment.  Love is where you find the meaning. Those seven years I was with her contained more than anything else. Do you understand? You can take all the years before…

“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman

The first thing I feel I should say about Eleanor Oliphant is that it’s completely different from what I expected. I went into it expecting either a) a literary fiction book about loneliness in the modern age or b) a Bridget Jones-style fake memoir of a lonely single woman. In short, I thought Eleanor Oliphant…

“Bestia da latte” di Gian Mario Villalta

Bestia da latte è un romanzo difficile da digerire, da quanto è amaro. È una storia familiare, certo, ma di una famiglia in cui lo spauracchio della misera passata fa sì che l’indifferenza, la solitudine e persino la violenza cieca siano all’ordine del giorno. Insomma, come dice Hermione Granger…

“Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit” by Jeanette Winterson

“Some folks say I’m a fool, but there’s more to this world than meets the eye.” I waited quietly. “There’s this world,” she banged the wall graphically, “and then there’s this world,” she thumped her chest. “If you want to make sense of either, you have to take notice of both.”

“The Adversary” by Emmanuel Carrère

Many critics likened this book to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, a book that in effect invented the genre of the so-called “non-fiction novel” in the USA. However, this book was written in anything but cold blood. It was the product of years of distraught and morbid fascination on the part of the author, Emmanuel…