Arts & Culture

Review of Capuana’s Sicilian Tales Translated by Buscemi

Review of Capuana’s Sicilian Tales Translated by Buscemi

This is Diana Belchase doing a video review of Santi Buscemi’s translation of Luigi Capuana’s Sicilian Tales. Sicilian Tales is Santi Buscemi’s translation of Luigi Capuana C’er una volta. A bilingual edition with an introduction to Sicilian literature, it contains 20 fairy tales written for children in the Capuana family. Buscemi claims “this collection is […]

All Eyes are Pointing Due South to Sicily

All Eyes are Pointing Due South to Sicily

Lampedusa’s famed quote, “If things are to remain the same they will have to change,” is still relevant today. To the keen eye, this is evident in an artistic renaissance happening in Sicily today. Once prized for its strategic position connecting disparate worlds and culture, that advantage changed long ago. In recent history, Sicily and […]

They Came from the East

They Came from the East

Books that concentrate on distinguished visitors to Sicily tend to focus on Western Europeans and North Americans, with the occasional honourable exception. As a way of redressing the balance, and because they are fascinating characters, we thought we would write a piece on Eastern European travellers drawn to the three-cornered isle. We will start with […]

Who Lives in a House Like This?

Who Lives in a House Like This?

Just WHO lives in a house like this? Is it a prison? Is it paradise? Is it the home of the eternal fires of hell? Daft questions? Not if you believe the myths and legends. In a genre obviously prone to hyperbole and bombast, where else but Mount Etna could boast connections with a king, […]

Palermo Promises: Never Again

Palermo Promises: Never Again

On a recent spring-like January day in Palermo about 1,000 Palermitani forewent hanging out at Politeama or Foro Italico and instead spent the entire afternoon in Palermo’s city archives building. They came from all religious (and even non-religious) backgrounds to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic 1493 expulsion of all Jews from Sicily—driven out either […]

The Flashing Eyes of the Dancing Satyr

The Flashing Eyes of the Dancing Satyr

The Enigmatic and Fascinating 25 Century-Old Dancing Satyr of Mazara del Vallo (Trapani) “Atruvammu ‘a statua, attruvammu ‘a statua” (“We found the statue, we found the statue!”) cried the fishermen, breaking the quietness of the night on the high-sea. This happened the night between the 4th and 5th of March, 1998, when the crew of […]

Sicily on the Couch

Sicily on the Couch

It would no doubt be interesting if one could put an entire region or country on the couch, in psychiatric terms, in order to examine its neuroses and foibles, to highlight where it might be going right or wrong.  In the perpetually dysfunctional world in which we all seem to live, the results would be […]

An Interview with Anna Maria Sciascia

An Interview with Anna Maria Sciascia

Anna Maria Sciascia, daughter of the great Sicilian writer, Leonardo Sciascia (1921 – 1989) and Maria Andronico, harbours a great many memories of her father, whom she saw write one after another, summer on summer, books that already form part of the History of Literature, such as The Day of the Owl, Equal Danger, Todo Modo, Una storia semplice, The […]