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Winter 2021 ISBN: 9780857427878buy this book Widely considered to be among the most important Italian poets of the twentieth century, Sandro Penna (1906-1977) was born and raised in Perugia but spent most of his life in Rome. Openly gay, Penna wrote verses celebrating homosexual love with lyrical elegance. Juggling traditional Italian prosody and subject matter with their gritty urban opposites in taut, highly concentrated poems, Penna’s lyrics revel in love and the eruption of Eros together with the extraordinary that can be found within simple everyday life. There is something ancient in Penna’s poetry, and something Etruscan or Greek about the poems, though the landscape is most often of Rome: sensual yet severe, sinuous yet solid, inscrutable, intangible, and languorous, with a Sphinx-like and sun-soaked smile.
Winter 2021 ISBN: 978-0-9982675-8-6buy this book Friederike Mayröcker met Ernst Jandl in 1954, an encounter that would alter the course of their lives. Jandl’s death in 2000 ended a partnership of nearly half a century. Taking its cue from André Breton’s work of the same name, 'The Communicating Vessels' is an intensely personal book of mourning, comprised of 140 entries spanning the course of a year and exploring everyday life in the immediate aftermath of Jandl’s death. Rilke is said to have observed that poetry should begin as elegy but end as praise: taking this as a guiding principle, 'And I Shook Myself a Beloved' reflects on a lifetime of shared books and art, impressions and conversations, memories and dreams. These two singular books of remembrance and farewell offer a stunning testament to a life of passionate reading, writing, and love.
Autumn 2020 ISBN: 978-3-7913-5983-0buy this book In the late 19th century, numerous Russian artists found inspiration in the style of French Impressionist painters. Often, a journey to Paris acted as a catalyst for their burgeoning interest in the movement. They developed a preference for working en plein air and aimed to capture transitory effects through a spontaneous and free handling of the brush. Many leading painters of the later Russian avant-garde arrived at their individual styles due to studying the Impressionist use of light. This lavishly illustrated volume explores the many-layered ways French Impressionism influenced the evolution of Russian art from the 1880s to the 1920s, including the work of painters as diverse as Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin, Natalia Goncharova, and Kazimir Malevich. Essays by many of the leading scholars in the field provide rich new insights into one of the most intriguing chapters of Russian modernism.
Autumn 2020 ISBN: 9788894162967buy this book On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, Fornasetti invites three illustrious academics, Luigi Mascilli, Quirino Principe and Armando Torno, to investigate the ideal bond between the German composer and Napoleon Bonaparte. The result is a volume of essays, accompanied by a CD containing the Symphony N. 3, the famous Eroica, performed by the orchestra Silete Venti! directed by Simone Toni. Consisting of 164 pages, the book features a Swiss paperback cover with flaps. All images of the decorations come from the Fornasetti archive. Bilingual Italian/English.
Spring 2020 ISBN: 9780857426918buy this book Is it possible to fight for social justice if you’ve never really loved another person? Can you save a country if you’re in love? Forty-six-year-old Anton Stöver’s marriage is broken. His affairs are a thing of the past, and his career at the university has reached a dead end. One day he is offered the chance to go to Rome to conduct research on Antonio Gramsci, at one time the leading figure of Italian communism. Once there, he falls obsessively in love with a young woman he has met, while continuing to focus his attention on the past: the frail and feverish Gramsci recovering in a Soviet sanatorium. Though Gramsci is supposed to save Italy from Mussolini’s seizure of power, he falls in love with a Russian comrade instead. With a subtle sense of the absurd, Nora Bossong explores the conflicts between having intense feelings for another and fighting for great ideals. Read More
Summer 2019 ISBN: 9780857426550buy this book For nearly half a century, German artist Max Neumann has worked to create, hone, and elaborate a visual vocabulary that is dark, compulsive, and forceful. A lifelong collaborator, Neumann’s paintings have accompanied the work of Cees Nooteboom, Seamus Heaney, Fernando Pessoa, and László Krasznahorkai, among many others. In 'Poetry and Time', Neumann’s haunting images are accompanied by a lyrical and penetrating text from poet Joachim Sartorius, who notes that a certain silence is at the very heart of poems, stating: “They know what it is they do, but do not say it.” Exploring this mystery, he considers examples from Dickinson, Rilke, and Shakespeare, among others, and examines the realities of transience and mortality at the center of poems’ reasons for being, their urge to form their own reality and abolish time while being inextricably bound to time. Sartorius’s ruminations beautifully complement Neumann’s series of thirty poignant paintings, making this volume an extraordinarily rare and exquisite book. Read More
Summer 2019 ISBN: 9780857426024buy this book For a fifteen-year-old, falling in love can eclipse everything else in the world, and make a few short weeks feel like a lifetime of experience. In 'Love Writ Large', Navid Kermani captures those intense feelings, from the emotional explosion of a first kiss to the staggering loss of a first breakup. As his teenage protagonist is wrapped up in these all-consuming feelings, however, Germany is in the crosshairs of the Cold War—and even the personal dramas of a small-town grammar school are shadowed by the threat of the nuclear arms race. Kermani’s novel manages to capture these social tensions without sacrificing any of the all-consuming passion of a first love and, in a unique touch, sets the boy’s struggles within the larger frame of the stories and lives of numerous Arabic and Persian mystics. His becomes a timeless a tale that reflects on the multiple ways love, loss, and risk weigh on our everyday lives. Read More
Spring 2018ISBN: 9788894004113buy this book A collective narrative about how the Italian city of Como and its railway station, on the border between Italy and Switzerland, became a refugee camp. Read More
Spring 2018 ISBN: 9780857424778buy this book After years on the job, police detective Jakob Franck has retired. Finally, the dead will no longer have any claim on him. Or so he thinks. On a cold autumn afternoon, a case he thought he’d long put behind him returns to his life—and turns it upside down. 'The Nameless Day' tells the story of that twenty-year-old case, which began with Franck carrying the news of the suicide of a seventeen-year-old girl to her mother, and holding her for seven hours as, in her grief, she said not a single word. Now her father has appeared, swearing to Franck that his daughter was murdered. Can Franck follow the cold trail of evidence two decades later to see whether he’s telling the truth? Could he live with himself if he didn’t? A psychological crime novel certain to thrill fans of Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo, 'The Nameless Day' is a masterpiece, a tightly plotted story of contemporary alienation, loss, and violence. Read More
Spring 2017 ISBN: 978-3-518-46768-8buy this book Berlin after reunification is no longer an island. Old structures are dissolving, leaving new spaces for improvisation and experiment. These in-depth photo essays and exclusive conversations tell groundbreaking as well as lesser-known, though no less extraordinary stories, bringing to life the city’s recent history. Includes conversations with Klaus Biesenbach, Frank Castorf, Flake, Dimitri Hegemann, Judith Hermann, Robert Lippok, Sven Marquardt, Christiane Rösinger, OL, and Sasha Waltz. With photographs by Ben de Biel, Harald Hauswald, Ute Mahler, Hendrik Rauch, Philipp von Recklinghausen, Markus Werner, and Rolf Zöllner. Pdf excerpt Read More
Spring 2017 ISBN: 9780857423689buy this book It’s the early 1970s and Dion Katthusen, thirteen, is growing up fatherless in a small village in northern Germany. An only child plagued with a devastating stutter, Dion is ostracized by his peers and finds solace in the company of nature, collecting dragonflies in a moor filled with myths and legends. On the precipice of adulthood, Dion begins to spill the secrets of his heart—his burning desire for faultless speech and his abiding relationship with his mother, a failed painter with secrets of her own. Even as Dion spins his story, his speech is filled with fissures and holes—much like the swampy earth that surrounds him. Nature, though so often sublime, can also be terribly cruel. A mysterious and experimental portrait of childhood, 'Moor' is evocative and bold—Dion’s story emerges from the forces of nature, his voice rising from the ground beneath the reader’s feet, not soon to be forgotten. Read More
Spring 2016 ISBN: 978-0996944205buy this book Lutz Seiler grew up in the former East Germany and has lived most of his life outside Berlin. His poems, not surprisingly, are works of the border, the in-between, and the provincial, marked by whispers, weather, time’s relentless passing, the dead and their ghosts. It is a contemporary poetry of landscape, fully aware of its literary and non-literary forebears, a walker’s view of the place Seiler lives, anchored by close, unhurried attention to particulars. With his precise, memorable language—rendered here in compelling English—Seiler has pulled off a difficult feat: recontextualizing and radically personalizing the long tradition of German nature writing for the twenty-first century. Read More
Autumn 2015 ISBN: 9780996944205buy this book MUSEUM OF UNHEARD (OF) THINGS is the catalogue raisonné of the world-famous "literary cabinet of curiosities" in Berlin, which holds the record of being the most visited museum in the German capital (if one offsets the number of visitors to the square meters of the exhibition space). The museum collects unique objects to which curator Roland Albrecht has patiently lent his ear in order to hear the unheard (of) story each of them has to tell. This book is the first publication to assemble all the 78 stories in the current collection, all categorized according to weight, translated into English for the first time. These extraordinary tales of seemingly ordinary objects invite the reader to imagine the world differently by listening more carefully and intimately to all the things that surround our everyday lives. The museum Read More
Spring 2013 ISBN: 9788881588626 OUT OF PRINT 2013 is the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, and this publication aims to celebrate Italy's less familiar, unexpected beauties. The photographers presented here travel not just to museums and palaces, but also city centers and deserted country roads, offering still lifes and portraits as well as cityscapes and landscapes. With works by Gabriele Basilico, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Mario Cresci, Renato D'Agostin, Andrea Galvani, Luigi Ghirri, Mimmo Jodice, Nino Migliori, Francesco Nonino, Bianca Sforni, Franco Vaccari and Paolo Ventura, Next Stop: Italy gives a refreshing and informative overview of the contemporary photography scene in Italy. Each photographer opens their section with a poem; the authors range from Leopardi and Lorenzo de' Medici to Montale, Pasolini, Pavese and Ungaretti.Read More
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Autumn 2020 No. 52Read the full review (pdf) Although born in 1816 into an aristocratic family in Kassel as Amalie Malwida Wilhelmina Tamina Rivalier, Malwida von Meysenbug (the title was given to her father in 1825) developed her passionately democratic and egalitarian ideas at an early age. The writer, educator, and cultural force would today also be called an activist. Intensifying over the years leading up to the German Revolution of 1848, her steadfast belief in and support of women’s education, self-sufficiency, and an equal role in society surpassed that of many of her contemporaries and remained undiminished throughout her life.
Spring/Summer 2019 Vol. 34, No. 2/3Read the full review (pdf) Over the last decade and more, poet Ellen Hinsey has been engaged in an unflinching examination of war, tyranny, and their effects on the spirit through works such as The White Fire of Time (2002), Update on the Descent (based, in part, on her research work at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the Hague; 2009), her translations of Lithuanian poet Tomas Venclova, and Mastering the Past (2017). Her latest work, the harrowing yet darkly beautiful book-length sequence, The Illegal Age, continues the poet’s investigation of what she calls the “autocratic experience.”
Winter 2016 No. 37Read the full piece (PDF) Although poet Charles Wright was born in Tennessee, he has been a lifelong admirer, indeed amante, of the country and culture of Italy. Throughout his long career it has featured significantly in numerous poems and collections. Indeed, in addition to his more than twenty books of poetry, he has published book-length translations of Italian poets Dino Campana and Eugenio Montale (the latter work receiving a PEN Translation award). First coming to Italy in the 1950s with the US military, it was while he was stationed in Verona that he began to write and to read poetry.
Winter 2015No. 33Read the full piece (PDF) Unlike a number of 20th century artists by now long associated with Rome, the poet, novelist, and playwright Dario Bellezza (1944 – 1996) was born and lived his entire life in the city. Cultivating and living the life of the artist-outcast and poète maudit, Bellezza was infamous for the outspoken and often confrontational/controversial nature of his writing and personal life, which was often related to his being openly homosexual. Extremely prolific, he published more than twenty works of poetry, prose and pieces for the theatre in only twenty-five years.
Summer 2014No. 27Read the full piece (PDF) A growing number of critics of 20th-century Italian poetry agree that few writers have been as important and original as Amelia Rosselli (1930 - 1996). She was born in Paris to Marion Cave, an English Labour Party activist, and Carlo Rosselli, leader and founder with his brother Nello of the anti-Fascist movement Giustizia e Libertà. Already familiar with exile, Amelia was soon introduced to tragedy when, in 1937, her father and uncle were murdered by La Cagoule, a French, fascist-leaning, revolutionary group. Moving to England and then to the United States, Rosselli did not live in Italy until 1948. She settled in Rome where, in addition to studies in music, she began to work as a translator.
Spring 2012No. 18Read the full piece (PDF) Juan Rodolfo Wilcock (1919 – 1978), an Anglo-Argentine writer (who died before his request for Italian citizenship was approved), was more than anything prolific. To paraphrase his friend and publisher Roberto Calasso, it is probably easier to say what Wilcock did not write, or attempt to write, rather than what he did. Over thirty years and in various languages, he produced six books of poetry; literary, musical, and art criticism for international journals and magazines; numerous novels; plays; and more than thirty works in Spanish translation from the English, French, German and Italian.
Winter 2011 No. 17Read the full piece (PDF) Violet Paget or, as she was known after 1875, Vernon Lee, was a prolific English critic, essayist, historian, travel and fiction writer, who also wrote in French, German, and Italian. Born in France, she grew up in Rome between the ages of twelve and seventeen and spent most of her life in Italy. Known today primarily for her “fantastic” fiction (which, in reality, makes up a very small part of her oeuvre) and her writing on aesthetics, in her time Lee was admired for her numerous writings on the culture, history and landscape of her adopted homeland and, in particular, her constantly evolving concept of the genius loci or “spirit of place”.
Autumn 2010 No. 12Read the full piece (PDF) Antal Szerb was a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, historian, and scholar widely considered one of the most important Hungarian writers of the 20th century. He was born in Budapest, grew up in a middle-class family of assimilated Jews, and was a lifelong practicing Catholic. Nevertheless, with the German occupation of Hungary in 1944, Szerb was dismissed from his teaching post under the anti-Jewish laws of the time, and sent to a forced labour camp at Balf where he died.
Spring 2010No. 10Read the full piece (PDF) In the fifth section of his poem Le ceneri di Gramsci (The ashes of Gramsci) composed in 1954, Pier Paolo Pasolini writes: O how/I understand, mute in the rotten rustling//of the wind, here where Rome is mute,/among the sighs of disconsolate cypresses,/near you, soul which spelled out sounds//Shelley…How I understand the flurry/of feelings, the whim (Greek/in the heart of the northern, aristocratic // vacationer) that swallowed him up in the blind/blue of the Tyrrhenian; the carnal/joy of adventure, aesthetic//and puerile...Here we are then, ghosting together with the thirty-two-year-old, conflicted poet, in internal exile from his home of Friuli, from Rome, from Italy itself...
Autumn 2009No. 08Read the full piece (PDF) Wilhelm Waiblinger (1804-1830) was a romantic poet and prose writer born in the Schwabian town of Heilbronn who grew up primarily in Stuttgart and Reutlingen. He is known today mainly for his biography of Friedrich Hölderlin, whom he befriended while a theology student at the famed Tübinger Stift (from which, in true Romantic fashion, he was to be expelled in 1826 due to a “scandalous” love affair with an older woman).