Asya – Ivan Turgenev

FEATURED 📌 Rating: ★★★★ 05/02/18 The Peach Blossom Spring is a Chinese tale written by Tao Yuanming (c. 365–427). It tells the story of a fisherman who, by chance, discovers a beautiful place where its community and the natural surroundings were in perfect harmony. Dynasties, people, politics, fashion – everything outside their haven of peace and plenty … More Asya – Ivan Turgenev

First Love – Ivan Turgenev, Constance Garnett (Translator)

Rating: ★★★ 24/01/18 ‘That’s love,’ I said to myself again, as I sat at night before my writing-table, on which books and papers had begun to make their appearance; ‘that’s passion! . . . To think of not revolting, of bearing a blow from any one whatever . . . even the dearest hand! But it … More First Love – Ivan Turgenev, Constance Garnett (Translator)

A Lodging for the Night – Robert Louis Stevenson

Rating: ★★★★ 08/01/18 The ill-fated adventure that was the life of the poet François Villon (1431-1463?) inspired this short story. Stevenson imagines a bleak and snowy night in Paris and then discusses the concepts of honor, social status and the human instinct to survive. ‘You may still repent and change.’ ‘I repent daily,’ said the poet. … More A Lodging for the Night – Robert Louis Stevenson

Villon’s wife – Osamu Dazai

Rating: ★★★★ 05/01/18 […] There’s something strange and frightening, like God, which won’t let me die.” “That’s because you have your work.” “My work doesn’t mean a thing. I don’t write either masterpieces or failures. If people say something is good, it becomes good. If they say it’s bad, it becomes bad. But what frightens me … More Villon’s wife – Osamu Dazai

2017 on Goodreads

28/12/17 You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive. ― James Baldwin … More 2017 on Goodreads

On The Shortness Of Life: De Brevitate Vitae – Seneca

Rating: ★★★★ 24/12/17 The problem, Paulinus, is not that we have a short life, but that we waste time. Life is long and there is enough of it for satisfying personal accomplishments if we use our hours well.But when time is squandered in the pursuit of pleasure or vain idleness, when it is spent with no … More On The Shortness Of Life: De Brevitate Vitae – Seneca

Poems and Prose: A Bilingual Edition – Georg Trakl

Rating: ★★★ 15/07/17 Georg Trakl was born in Austria in 1887. He started writing poetry at a very young age, however he later decided to study pharmacy. After that, he enlisted in the army but never stopped writing. During World War I, he worked as a medical official. He witnessed the harrowing consequences of the war … More Poems and Prose: A Bilingual Edition – Georg Trakl