Arts & Culture

FAVARA: Bringing it back to Life

FAVARA:  Bringing it back to Life

Favara, near Agrigento, up until recently was only ever known for its drastic unemployment, urban architectural eysores and mass emigration and it was certainly never included in any tourist itinerary to Sicily.   That was until Florinda Saieva and Andrea Bartoli, two local professionals, decided to put it permanently on the map. Both lovers of contemporary […]

Thalassophobia: The Sicilian Case

Thalassophobia: The Sicilian Case

Leonardo Sciascia, one of Sicily’s most famous writers, is said to have claimed that he had never swam in the sea. It sounds like a proud statement, even a statement of identity. Islands usually have a complicated relationship with the bodies of water that surround them and the British Isles are no different from Sicily […]

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 […]