Reading “Saul” by Vittorio Alfieri

Note: I had the opportunity to get to know Alfieri through my university professor whose great knowledge over the matter came to be of great help. My personal fondness of this play, and the fact that it narrates a biblical event made me decide to analyze it. Obviously the opinions here are totally personal. I … Continue reading Reading “Saul” by Vittorio Alfieri

Reading “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert

Note: These are my personal observations upon reading Madame Bovary. Needless to say, they can be totally contrary to what anybody else might grasp from reading the book. Throughout the text, I have included excerpts from Madame Bovary and other books; for the texts originally not in English, whenever not mentioned, the excerpts are translated … Continue reading Reading “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert

Quick Thoughts on the European Parliament Elections

1) When Macron won the elections and became the President in France my students said: The French have taken the right step. To which my response was: a) this definitely means Le Pen will win the next election. b) had it been in Italy people would have definitely voted Le Pen. c) in order to … Continue reading Quick Thoughts on the European Parliament Elections

Reading “Sun of the Sleepless” by Lord Byron

Note: As you might have seen on this blog, I have been working on literary analysis since pretty a while ago. I am not sure how reliable or how correct these analysis are. My goal is to keep a record of my writings here so over a longer span of time, it would be easier … Continue reading Reading “Sun of the Sleepless” by Lord Byron

The Far-Right Threat to Freedom of Speech

When the Italian deputy Prime-Minister Matteo Salvini took office last year, he hinted a couple of times that in his opinion, spending public funds to protect Roberto Saviano was useless. At that time, these remarks were not much highlighted in the Italian media and few pundits highlighted the threat they were posing. Almost a year … Continue reading The Far-Right Threat to Freedom of Speech

A Great, una grande campionessa

English version here Quando la incontrai per la prima volta, aveva undici anni. Era nella quinta elementare. Al primo giorno, stavamo cercando di descrivere una figura sul libro. Gli facevo delle domande e loro mi rispondevano a turno. Quelli che non ci riuscivano, venivano spesso aiutati dagli altri; sostanzialmente da lei e un'altra ragazza che … Continue reading A Great, una grande campionessa

To a Great Hero

Versione italiana qui She was 11 when I first saw her. She was in the 5th grade of the elementary school. On the first day, we were trying to describe a picture in their book. I would ask them questions and they would take turns responding. Those who couldn't respond were often helped by the … Continue reading To a Great Hero