Survival #TheDailyPost #amwriting

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. April was a blessing, a trip to a far away and remote country we love, meeting fascinating people, and that reflective time that a writer always needs. Of course there was the challenge, but we had planned for it. It was fun. The truth isContinue reading “Survival #TheDailyPost #amwriting”

Gleeful: #VisDare 137

It was done, all these long years of study, the cold classrooms, the interminable nights of reading, the despair when the results were dismal… We had finished, the world was ours, your hand in mine and his in yours: what was more beautiful than our friendship? I remember how our laughs resonated in the ancientContinue reading “Gleeful: #VisDare 137”

The Guardian Angel

The old man looked out of the window into the familiar expense of the suburban garden, taking in the brightness of the tulips, the now fading bluebells and the impertinent grass, absurdly green. What a contrast with the arid plateau at the foot of the mesa! There, on his desk, near the photograph of the assembled family – theContinue reading “The Guardian Angel”

The depth of sorrow, a reading of “Prague Fatale” by Philip Kerr

  The year is 1942, and the gods of war appear to be still smiling to the conquering nazis. Bernie, back from the Ukrainian front, is in Berlin, already besieged by restrictions, lack of petrol, lack of good bier and of most amenities. In the West, German cities are now targeted by allied bombers. ThereContinue reading “The depth of sorrow, a reading of “Prague Fatale” by Philip Kerr”

As a #writer, is #Facebook useful to me?

Today, a very good friend of mine, in real life as well as in cyberspace, quitted her Facebook account, which she created in 2009. She said to me she no longer had time to keep her page up to date, even to the minimum level that would be of interest to her “friends”. And sheContinue reading “As a #writer, is #Facebook useful to me?”

Of Thanatos, Ansky’s Notebook and a City in the Desert, a #reading of “2666” by Roberto Bolaño

“Jesus is the masterpiece. The thieves are minor works. Why are they there? Not to frame the crucifixion, as some innocent souls believe, but to hide it.” 2066 “Now what sea is this you have crossed, exactly, and what sea is it you have plunged more than once to the bottom of, alerted, full ofContinue reading “Of Thanatos, Ansky’s Notebook and a City in the Desert, a #reading of “2666” by Roberto Bolaño”

Pale criminals, a reading of Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr

Bernhardt Günther is a tough guy, a survivor of the trenches of the Great War, a cop, a man who loves women, and his city, Faust’s metropolis, Berlin in the 30s. In March Violets – evoking the cynical opportunists who join the Nazi party late, and buy their way to a low number party cardContinue reading “Pale criminals, a reading of Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr”

The search for Cesárea, a #reading of “The Savage Detectives”, Roberto Bolaño

“Roberto Bolaño” by Farisori – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. From the Golden Fleece to The Two Towers, from the Holy Grail to Heart of Darkness, great works of world’s literature are often stories of quests. So goes for Roberto Bolaño‘s masterpiece, The Savage Detectives, which follows two young poets, Arturo BelanoContinue reading “The search for Cesárea, a #reading of “The Savage Detectives”, Roberto Bolaño”

Edit, Rewrite, or… Scrap: #Writer’s dilemma #amwriting

I know this work is far from being completed, let alone publishable. Friends have, politely, ignored invites to comment, always a bad sign… Yet I am reluctant to scrap, while accepting that making this good would require a lot of effort, probably more so than it took to scribble in the first place. What hopeContinue reading “Edit, Rewrite, or… Scrap: #Writer’s dilemma #amwriting”

The books Gustave Flaubert never wrote #WritersWednesday

From Julian Barnes’ “Flaubert’s Parrot”, chapter 9, The Flaubert Apocrypha. His Autobiography: “One day, if I write my memoirs – the only thing I shall write well, if ever I put myself to the task of doing it – you will find a place in them, and what a place! For you have blown aContinue reading “The books Gustave Flaubert never wrote #WritersWednesday”