Book Reviews

Borges in Sicily – Book Release

Borges in Sicily – Book Release

In 1984, an aging Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinean writer famed for his stories laden with intertextuality, philosophy, mirrors and labyrinths, visited Sicily. The elderly author was by now blind and had been garlanded with some of the world’s most prestigious literary honours including The Formentor Prize and The Cervantes Prize, not to mention the […]

Turning the Page

Turning the Page

The stereotype is an unadorned hook that provides ample room for the hanging of a lazy, glib association: the English are emotionally constipated, the Swiss are boringly money-orientated, the citizens of the United States are brash and loud, Andalusians are work-shy party animals, Sicilians are wedded to organised crime. Of all these labels, the Mafia […]

Book review: The Bastard of Saint Genevra by Diane Gallagher

Book review: The Bastard of Saint Genevra by Diane Gallagher

by the Rev. Dawn Braithwaite, MDiv Dawn Braithwaite is the community leader at the Cowichan Centre for Peaceful Community and manages the not-for-profit Global Initiatives Fair Trade Store.  An activist and a feminist, she is a world traveller and an avid reader. *   *   *   *   * The Bastard of Saint Genevra is a story […]

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 […]

The Great Sicilian Cat Rescue

The Great Sicilian Cat Rescue

Jennifer Pulling’s story is far from the usual tale of romance and renovation, laced with amusing anecdotes about restoring a local palazzo. In her book, The Great Sicilian Cat Rescue, the journalist and author relates how she decided to undertake the more heart-rending task of trying to improve the welfare of Taormina’s cat population. With […]

Giovanni Meli: A Poet Remembered

Giovanni Meli: A Poet Remembered

By Gaetano Cipolla Professor Emeritus, St John’s University President and Editor of Arba Sicula   2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Meli, Sicily’s most celebrated poet, who died of pneumonia on December 20, 1815. Prof. Giovanni Ruffino, director of the Centro di Studi Filologici e Linguistici Siciliani, in collaboration with Sicily’s […]

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