A Nasty Anecdote – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rating: ★★★★ 19/12/15 …nothing ventured, nothing gained. (45) The deep-felt desire for spontaneity. The plague of inhibition. Be natural; be reserved. Be demonstrative; be discreet. An excess of vulnerability could turn you into the protagonist of an unpleasant anecdote. Speak but not too much. Write but do not expose too much. Be honest but do not … More A Nasty Anecdote – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Gambler – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rating: ★★★★★ 13/12/15 Can I possibly not understand myself that I’m a lost man? But—why can’t I resurrect? (188)   It is not just the extraordinary psychological depth of the characters nor the engaging story that masterfully manages the element of surprise. This novella had a great impact on me for the simple reason that whenever … More The Gambler – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Wondrous Moment: Selected Poetry – Alexander Pushkin, Andrey Kneller (translator)

Rating: ★★★★★ 10/12/15 I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the hunger of my heart; I am trying to bribe you with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat. JLB, “Two English Poems”   Perhaps, one day, I’ll learn to let you go. Alexander Pushkin (1824) I left a world of labyrinths, mirrors and spirals of time … More Wondrous Moment: Selected Poetry – Alexander Pushkin, Andrey Kneller (translator)

Useless Beauty – Guy de Maupassant

Rating: ★★★★ 02/12/15 A claim. A refusal. A defiance. A woman facing her suffocating husband. A repudiation to the idea of being a machine. A possession. Her desires. His jealousy. Her resistance.   Guy de Maupassant mastered the art of writing short stories; he did it with simple plots, evocative descriptions mixed with elaborated philosophical reflections … More Useless Beauty – Guy de Maupassant

Two short stories by Guy de Maupassant

The Hand Rating: ★★★★ 23/11/15 Then I turned the conversation on hunting, and he gave me the most curious details on hunting the hippopotamus, the tiger, the elephant and even the gorilla.  I said: ‘Are all these animals dangerous?’  He smiled: ‘Oh, no! Man is the worst.’ The Diary of a Madman Rating: ★★★★ 25/11/15 25th June. … More Two short stories by Guy de Maupassant

The Double – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rating: ★★★★★ 30/09/15 Through the bureaucratic ocean of papers, there lies Joseph K., bored with unanswered arguments. Behind an unapologetic desk, Bartleby sits in silence, preferring nothing. As a fearful door opens, Bashmachkin leaves the smothering atmosphere of the office, ready to meet with the others. All set to forget the tasteless morning coffee and the … More The Double – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Conversations of Lord Byron: Noted During a Residence with His Lordship at Pisa in the Years 1821 and 1822 – Thomas Medwin

Rating: ★★★ 21/09/15 The days belong to Byron.   I had written a review and, later, decided to delete it. Okay, I did not delete it, I just put it in the folder where legends die. Anyway, that review had quotes and facts and some nonsensical analysis of the conversations that Thomas Medwin transcribed, after a … More Conversations of Lord Byron: Noted During a Residence with His Lordship at Pisa in the Years 1821 and 1822 – Thomas Medwin