Search Results: "Roberto Costantini"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DELIVERANCE OF EVIL by Roberto Costantini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"None of those things are necessary in order to understand the essential nastiness of the bad guy and the moral ambiguities of the supposedly good ones. A promising debut."
A long, complex crime novel that moves from savage murder to the political and social realities of contemporary Italy. Read full book review >

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THE NERUDA CASE by Roberto Ampuero
Released: June 14, 2012

"While Ampuero depicts Neruda warts and all, he still clearly admires his complex and demanding humanness."
If the title sounds like something out of detective fiction, it is—for Ampuero asks us to consider the hypothetical possibility that Pablo Neruda, terminally ill, hires someone to track down a former lover. Read full book review >

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CONVERSATIONS WITH FELLINI by Constanzo Costantini
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 1997

"A 10 for Fellini, an 8´ for Costantini. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Spanning more than 40 years, this collection of Italian journalist Costantini's interviews with Fellini is a cinephile's delight. Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN MADMEN by Roberto Arlt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Undoubtedly a very influential book and, in its engagingly perverse way, a kind of masterpiece."
This new translation restores to English The Seven Madmen (paperback original $14.99; Mar.; 249 pp.; 1-85242-592-X): This new translation restores to English a classic (1929) Argentinian novel whose author (1900—42). the son of German immigrants, wryly memorialized the polyglot vitality of Buenos Aires as a menacing objective correlative of his own—and, by extension, modern man's—alienation and psychic disintegration. Read full book review >

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Tutta La Famigla by Roberto Gaglio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2013

"A complex story about where ambitions and love meet."
A romance between a peasant farmer and the landowner's daughter takes some unexpected turns in this tragedy that examines the conditions of tenant farmers on Italian wine-growing estates around the turn of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO MY SON ON THE LOVE OF BOOKS by Roberto Cotroneo
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"An endearingly and unclassifiably odd book that will probably be misfiled in the 'Parenting' section of the bookstore shelf and overlooked by the general reader—unless its sheer weirdness makes it a cult favorite."
An Italian book reviewer invents a new genre: epistolary literary criticism for children. Read full book review >

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THE SHIPS by Roberto Quesada
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Old hat, not even worn at an especially interesting angle."
Honduran writer Quesada's first book to appear in English- -about Guillermo, a young Honduran peasant who picks pineapples for Standard Fruit in the plantations outside the village of La Ce°ba. Read full book review >

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War: A Crime Against Humanity by Roberto Vivo
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2015

"An important contribution to the study of both war and peace.
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A sweeping history of war and peace—and an impassioned call to choose the latter over the former. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF THE SKY by Roberto Trotta
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An entertaining exercise, in the end, for those student-people who like to ponder the All-There-Is while testing the always-inadequate limits of language."
A simplified but by no means simplistic introduction to modern cosmology and physics—the flagship sciences of the "All-There-Is." Read full book review >

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THE GIRL IN RED by Roberto Innocenti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"Older children, and perhaps even teens, might find this tale much to their liking; some, however, might find its darkness a little too unmitigated, despite the closing sign that says 'Happy End.' (Picture book. 8-12)"
A modern, urban, dream-and-nightmare scenario for Red Riding Hood, with a television-show ending. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TALE OF TWO LIONS by Roberto Ransom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Weightless."
Tame novella about two trickster lions. Read full book review >

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CONCLAVE by Roberto Pazzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2003

"A mixed success, but a work of genuine ingenuity and charm."
A high-concept, seriocomic tale from the prizewinning Italian author. Read full book review >