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

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

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

Reading “The Mistress of the Inn” by Carlo Goldoni

Note: This is an immediate thought after reading the text of The Mistress of the Inn (La Locandiera) by Carlo Goldoni. In putting this text together, I felt the need to refer to Goldoni's text at some points. Since I don't have the English text available, I 've decided to translate the excerpts where necessary. … Continue reading Reading “The Mistress of the Inn” by Carlo Goldoni

Iraqi Paramilitary Rescue Teams and the Iran Flood

So for those of you who don't know: over the past few weeks several parts of Iran have been hit by devastating floods. As you might imagine, the first responders were not as quick as they should have been. You might probably not know this but: The IRGC, which as of today is nominated a … Continue reading Iraqi Paramilitary Rescue Teams and the Iran Flood