«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.
«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 populist revolt is justified and also inevitable in a democratic society». One of very few to have predicted Trump's rise, American journalist-analyst Andrew Spannaus explores in his new book, La rivolta degli elettori. Il ritorno dello Stato e il futuro dell'Europa (Mimesis Edizioni), socio-economic reasons that led to formation of current populist movements.
«The West should not forget that its success is very recent – truly, on a widespread basis, only since 1945 – and that it has been based on a harmonious balance between openness, which brings new ideas and scientific progress, and equality, which maintains social cohesion by making all adult citizens know they are full participants in progress and have a voice in decision-making and accountability».
In March 2015, a part of the private library of the Saudi author and novelist Abd Al-Rahman Munif (1933-2004) was burglarized in his old residence in Damascus. The theft took place while his wife, Suad Kawadri, was abroad. Months later, the incident was made public through a statement for the press, followed by a number of interviews.
«There are many things in this story». The English writer Hanif Kureishi is speaking about his new book, The nothing (Faber and Faber Limited), published in Italy by Bompiani with the appropriate title Uno zero, chosen by translator Davide Tortorella. The author of My beautiful laundrette and The Buddha of suburbia tells us the affairs of a old director, Waldo, his beautiful wife Zenab and his friend Eddie. A story of betrayal and revenge, eros and trick.
Close link that connects Wahhabism and Saudi monarchy has roots in distant past but dramatic repercussions in today's world; scholar Terence Ward analyses it in the essay Per capire oggi il Medio Oriente. L'ISIS spiegata ai giovani (Libreria Editrice Fiorentina, 2017).