• In the Labyrinth

    A soldier, stiffened in the winter cold and tired, is waiting for someone near the lantern under the incessant snowfall. In his hands he holds a box wrapped in paper with something inside; he must pass it on to someone. He does not remember any details of the meeting: where, when and with whom it should take place; he does not remember anything about himself: from which military unit he is, whose overcoat is on him. He goes from street to street, but again and again he feels that he is on the exact same street that he was on before. Again and again he encounters a little boy, as if knowing some secret important to a soldier, but avoiding him.
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  • What you did not know about “The Master and Margarita” by Bulgakov

    Rereading the legendary Bulgakov’s novel “The Master and Margarita” after seven years of the first reading, I caught myself thinking that I’m looking at the thoughts embedded in it quite differently. Of course, the backpack of life and literary experience affects, but also (and to a greater extent) the linguistic and philological education that I managed to get during these years. Thanks to the freshly received philological view and the ability to analyze literature as a true philologist (the golden rule of a philologist: be sure to read literary criticism), I noted for myself a few moments in the novel, which I might not have previously suspected.
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  • Stupeur et tremblements

    Amélie Nothomb is a Belgian writer writing in French. Her father was a diplomat, therefore in her childhood Notomb lived in different countries: Japan, the USA, Laos, Burma, China and Bangladesh which strongly influenced her work. In all, she wrote 23 novels and the most famous “Fear and Trembling” (Stupeur et tremblements) was nominated for Prix Goncourt.
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