La grande stagione

Author: Paolo Ruggiero

Language: Italian

Summary: «Non è ancora estate, ma dalla qualità della luce si capisce che è proprio in questo punto del pianeta e dell’Egeo, in questa parte dell’arcipelago che l’ultimo velo è sfilato. Lo spettro luminoso si irradia ancora più nitido, aurorale, la luce riesce a farsi strada anche nello spessore degli oggetti, rivelandone una trasparenza, un’interiorità che non avevo ancora visto». La laurea a quasi trent’anni sigla la fine della stagione universitaria di Livio, ma Bologna sembra volerlo trattenere, generosa più che mai di incontri e di avventure notturne. Al primo contratto di lavoro segue un trasferimento, un periodo febbrile a Parigi e, dopo una brusca interruzione, la partenza verso un’isola defilata delle Cicladi. L’erotismo vissuto con amiche o compagne di una notte detta il tempo della vicenda, alternandosi ai ricordi e alla ricerca della causa dell’incidente di volo nel quale Livio da bambino ha perso il padre pilota. Insieme alle ragazze, protagonisti del romanzo sono i luoghi, raccontati attraverso una scrittura lucida e prospettive limpide, quasi fotografiche: Bologna, l’Adriatico, Parigi e “K”, la minuscola isola nell’Egeo dove Livio è di nuovo pervaso da un’esaltante fiducia nel futuro, in una nuova grande stagione.

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The Jazz Exiles: American Musicians Abroad

Author: Bill Moody

Language: English

Summary: The Jazz Exiles chronicles the expatriate movement of American jazz musicians during the post-World War II era. While the term exile normally conjures up images of ousted Third World leaders or deposed kings, it is as much a part of the jazz vocabulary as improvisation or Birdland.

Like the American writers of the 1920s who went to Europe and became Gertrude Stein’s “lost generation, ” jazz musicians from the United States also made the Atlantic crossing at a steadily increasing rate until many of the major names in jazz lived or worked almost exclusively abroad. Continue reading “The Jazz Exiles: American Musicians Abroad”

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Expatriate Games: My Season of Misadventures in Czech Semi-Pro Basketball

Author: David Fromm

Language: English

Summary: When Dave Fromm graduated from college with good grades and high LSAT scores, he planned to apply to law school. But he actually wasn’t that sure he wanted to go, at least not right away. A few years earlier, he’d been to Prague for a vacation and played a game of pickup basketball there. He was a decent basketball player, though not good enough to make the team at Boston College either time he’d tried out.

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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Author: Bill Bryson

Language: English

Summary: In At Home, Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live.

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Cooking with Fernet Branca

Author: James Hamilton-Paterson

Language: English

Summary: Gerald Samper, an effete English snob, has his own private hilltop in Tuscany, where he whiles away his time working as a ghostwriter for celebrities and inventing wholly original culinary concoctions — including ice cream made with garlic and the bitter, herb-based liqueur of the book’s title. Continue reading “Cooking with Fernet Branca”