Search Results: "Massimo Pigliucci"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A useful introduction to sources on both sides of the science-philosophy divide."
A look at why both science and philosophy are necessary to "approach the perennial questions concerning how we construct the meaning of our existence." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Best of luck to them from all whose insatiable appetites for picayune scandal and vicarious socializing will be at least momentarily appeased by this book. (photos, not seen)"
—A paean to hedonism" would be a better subtitle for this terminally trivial autobiography. Read full book review >

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GRECIAN VISTAS by Massimo Mandolini Pesaresi
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 2012

"A dense but well-researched work of analysis targeted at experts in literary criticism."
An erudite examination of ancient Greek influences on the verses of 19th-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. Read full book review >

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The Marble Wave by Massimo Mandolini-Pesaresi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2014

"Fine literature from a literary critic."
Sharp as a razor but solid as stone, Mandolini-Pesaresi's (Grecian Vistas, 2012, etc.) poetry offers subtle charms for refined tastes. Read full book review >

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THE FUGITIVE by Massimo Carlotto
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"Contains moments of tedium. Overall, though, a powerfully dreamlike evocation of life on the lam."
A novel, or perhaps a memoir, recounting years in hiding abroad after a conviction for murder in Italy. Read full book review >

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SEPARATIONS by Massimo Bontempelli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2000

"One hopes they'll be able to bring us more of Bontempelli's strange and enchanting fiction."
Two once-famous short novels written by an early exponent of `magical realism` (1878-1960), who is as highly regarded in his native Italy as was his much better-known contemporary (and friend) Luigi Pirandello. `The Life and Death of Adria and Her Children` (1930) is a charmingly discursive sendup of the family saga in which an agelessly beautiful young matron's personality (and, indeed, `soul`) is explored with disarming subtlety and quietly increasing menace. Read full book review >

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THE MASTER OF KNOTS by Massimo Carlotto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As usual with Carlotto (At the End of a Dull Day, 2013, etc.), there's no suspense, since the characters are never in danger—they go straight from being fine to being dead—and Buratti wraps up the case with a scandalous lack of fuss. But the author shows a sure grasp of the double lives of BDSM devotees for whom unmasking would mean calamity."
Unlicensed private eye Marco Buratti, the Alligator (Bandit Love, 2010, etc.), tracks a missing wife down a rabbit hole even darker and dirtier than his usual haunts. Read full book review >

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WHAT DARWIN GOT WRONG by Jerry Fodor
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"A dense, scholarly, engaging testament to modern scientific thinking and its ability to adapt and evolve."
Academic account of how Darwin's theory of natural selection might not be the evolutionary paradigm after all. Read full book review >

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THE GOODBYE KISS by Massimo Carlotto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

"A nasty, explosive little tome warmly recommended to fans of James M. Cain for its casually brutal amorality and truly astonishing speed."
The author of the dark adventures of blues singer-turned-shamus Alligator (The Master of Knots, not reviewed, etc.) offers an even bleaker look into the no-regrets career of a thoroughly modern picaro. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"Surprisingly informative, even lively: a balanced treatment of the two empires, and a hard look at the hopes and fears surrounding Benedict XVI's ascension."
Italian journalist Franco reports on the relatively new, developing relationship between the United States and the Holy See. Read full book review >

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DEATH’S DARK ABYSS by Massimo Carlotto
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Beneath the conventions of Continental noir is a remarkable study of corruption and redemption in a world where revenge is best served ice-cold."
Carlotto (The Goodbye Kiss, 2006) presents a battle of wits between a childless widower and the criminal who killed his wife and son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Whether or not his grand claims are justified, as a primer for problem-solvers, this book has great merit."
To exorcise the demons of irrationality, turn to this rigorous—if overzealous—study of everyday logic. Read full book review >