«As a journalist for 40 years I have tried to explain the world. You can only fight what you understand. I firmly beleve that». Reporter and French writer of Armenian descent, Pascal Manoukian is witness of most important international conflicts between the years 1975 and 1995.
«They drive each other, they keep pulling each other in different directions and yet they came together all the time, like the yin and the yang». Cordial and approachable in person as much corrosive and immediate in his works, Texan writer Joe R. Lansdale is speaking about Hap and Leonard, couple of investigators created by him, protagonist of a series of stories and novels – including the new book Rusty Puppy, published in Italy by Einaudi, and the next, Jackrabbit Smile –, one of the crowing points of a wide and eclectic production.
A child prodigy, Mohammad Ali Taheri soon tried to include both science and spirituality in his research. Throngs of disciples attended his university lectures but his popularity irked the Iranian authorities. After years of harassment, he was sentenced to death for having “spread corruption on the Earth”.
«We used to ask ourselves often: how do we have to act? Now question is just: who are we?». The American writer Paul Beatty, winner in 2016 of «National Book Critics Circle Award» and «Man Booker Prize» for his novel The sellout – in Italy his books are published by Fazi Editore – is speaking about identity crisis of an America today ruled by President Donald Trump.
The Reign of Guguryeo and that of Joseon. The threat of a Mongol invasion followed by the Japanese. And after the war that split Korea into two, the history of a dynasty that embodies a personality cult so overblown it resembles a cartoon