Category Archives: Italy

Signor Dido: Stories – Alberto Savinio , Richard Pevear (Translator and Intro)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Signor Dido feels himself borne along by the present as by a river. He loves those who share the same river with him, his river companions: he loves them out of solidarity, even those he hates. … Continue reading

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Medusa – Michael Dibdin

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Every woman is Medusa. When you look into her eyes, you see the entire history of the human race. That’s enough to turn anyone to stone.” Those were the words of a soldier, Leonardo Ferrero, whose … Continue reading

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The Confessions of Frances Godwin – Robert Hellenga

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “My life doesn’t add up to anything, Father. More like the story of Troy—all in a day’s work—than Rome, going in circles instead of moving forward. I’ve worn out all the roles I used to play—daughter, … Continue reading

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The Fall of a Sparrow – Robert Hellenga

(Reviewed by J.D. Jung) After reading one of my favorite books, The Italian Lover, I just wanted to grab anything related to it and its characters. Author Robert Hellenga wrote a book about the protagonist’s lover, classics professor Alan “Woody” … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders – Gyles Brandreth

(Reviewed by J.D. Jung) What happens when the self-indulgent, romantic poet Oscar Wilde joins the reserved and pragmatic Arthur Conan Doyle to solve a mystery at the Vatican? You get Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders, a fun read featuring … Continue reading

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The Italian Lover – Robert Hellenga

  Discover this! Margo Harrington, an American expatriate living in Italy, is excited to hear that her memoir, The Sixteen Pleasures, will be made into a feature film. The book details her experiences when she first came to Florence. While … Continue reading

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The Sixteen Pleasures – Robert Hellenga

Compra questo libro After reading and reviewing The Italian Lover, a sensual work of literary fiction and my favorite book of 2007, I just had to grab Robert Hellenga’s earlier novel, The Sixteen Pleasures. This book recounts the beginning of … Continue reading

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