Review of Ave Mary by Michela Murgia
Book reviews , Italian books , Non-Fiction / January 25, 2016

I begin telling that I enjoyed reading this book very much. I was amused, surprised, interested and much more again. That is a non-fiction work that can also be catalogued like a religion book, but unfortunately or luckily, it contains a dash of female protest, rather a critique that today we would call “feminism”. Then, this feminist book, titled Ave Mary, was written by Italian writer Michela Murgia. I just read the Italian version of the book and I suppose the English version is not available in the bookstores, yet. Anyway, I wanted to review it, because the topic discussed is very original, current and burning, namely the role of women in the Catholic Church. I would like to say, inside every religion. But women have ever had a role in a religious community? This is the question the author tries to answer. According to the author, the religious role of women was literally invented by the Church. Maybe to create a matching female genre to compare to the big and powerful male genre in which God was identified. But God is only a pure spiritual being who can be both male and female. Unfortunately, since the main folk opinion…

Review of None knows about us by Simona Sparaco
Book reviews , Fiction , Italian books / November 11, 2015

This book deserves to be read, remembered and stored inside our heart forever. I have no other word to describe what I felt when I read this work written by Italian writer Simona Sparaco and titled: “None knows about us”. This title is my translation into English of the original Italian title of the book, namely. “ Nessuno sa di noi”. The author got other her books translated into English and it is probable this book will be translated into the English language very soon. The book focuses around a burning topic of our time: the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, also called therapeutic abortion. When can an abortion be defined therapeutic? When, after a prenatal screening, a mother finds out that her baby is misshapen. “ None knows about us” tells right about this: a couple of lovers who are waiting the birth of their first child. The members of the couple are Luce, a journalist, and Pietro, a businessman and the son of the chief of an important Italian company. After several attempts of sex on command aimed to conceive their desired child, Pietro and Luce are overjoyed when they learn she is pregnant. But, one day, after a…

Review of “Sogni di sangue” by Lorenza Ghinelli
Book reviews , Horror , Italian books / May 13, 2015

This book is strange and perfect simultaneously. That is always a book only written in Italian by a famous Italian writer: Lorenza Ghinelli. The plot of this book, titled “Sogni di sangue” is cryptic, dark and with a mystery and horror background. Sogni di sangue, I can translate like “Bloody dreams” and also like “Blood dreams”, tells about the creepy relationship between a mother and her son.   The Son’s name is Enoch, what a strange name for a 13 year old guy only, while the mother is Dorotea, a cold and passionless woman who loves occultism. Enoch is a normal student, seemingly, with only one problem: he limps and for this, he is also forced to wear metal implants to walk and go to school easily. For this trouble, Enoch is bullied by his classmates. One night the guy comes to home with a swollen eye. Dorotea takes care her son and help him to fall asleep and to forget his problems. But it is at this stage of the story that the book turns into a horror novel. While he sleeps, Enoch dreams horrible things, like for instance, to be inside the drain of the city, where he…

Review of “ La fine del mondo storto” by Mauro Corona
Book reviews , Fiction , Italian books / March 27, 2015

I wrote this book review with a big sadness in my hearth and a great disappointment. All this is not because I read a bad book but, on the contrary, because I read an enlightening book, a great truth about this world and the human beings who have inhabited on it for millions of years. The book I am speaking about is titled: “La fine del mondo storto”. This is always a book written in Italian by the famous novelist Mauro Corona and that it would be wonderful to translate in English.   We chose this other kind of review because we would like that the English readers read good and excellent books. “La fine del mondo storto” is one of the ones. If we tried to translate the title of this book, the right name would be “ The end of the wrong world”. I am sure that now it is easier understanding the deeper meaning of this book. “La fine del mondo storto” tells about an epoch where our planet runs out all its energy sources, namely oil, nuclear energy and coal. The author imagines and describes what would happen if the mainstream energy sources ended forever. The…

Review of L’apocalisse e’ un lieto fine by Ermanno Olmi
Biography , Book reviews , Italian books / March 20, 2015

This is a book written from the heart. This is the history of a country that is going through a deep moral and economic decline. This country is Italy and the book is “L’apocalisse è un lieto fine”. At the moment there is no version in English of this book, but we have decided to review it because, as said, this is a book not only written from words, but also from the heart. Ermanno Olmi is a famous Italian director and this book was written when he celebrated his birthday, in July 2012. That month and that year, Ermanno Olmi was a brilliant and wise 81 year old man who decided to write his first book, a biography, the history of his life. Ermanno Olmi was born in Bergamo in 1931. He comes from a family of peasants. The history of Ermanno Olmi is that of an entire life spent within the vicissitudes of Italy, the second world war, poverty, economic crisis and escape from countries to the cities. Olmi also tells the economic rise of the Italian postwar, the economic boom and the arrival of wellness and consumerism. The history of Olmi is also that of a hard…