Thursday, 1 October 2009

Miglior acque has been on holiday and before that working on the book. He's been reading nice books too, some of which he'll blog on soon. Top of the list is the wonderful new Hilary Mantel novel Wolf Hall, which has been shortlisted for the Booker. It tells the story of Thomas Cromwell from his origins up to July 1535: it is beautifully written. Also read was Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first in the Millennium Trilogy, good stuff and looking forward to reading the rest of them. Peter S. Hawkins, Undiscovered Country: Imagining the World to Come (Church Publishing Inc, 2009) is a beautiful meditation on the afterlife read alongside the Commedia. Valentin Groebner's Defaced: The Visual Culture of Violence in the Late Middle Ages (NY: Zone Books, 2004) is an excellent essay on violence and its representation in the middle ages (going to read Susan Sontag's Regarding the Pain of Others on the plane this afternoon - heading back to Cambridge now).

Have been thinking of investing in Alberto Asor Rosa (dir.), Letteratura italiana, 18 vols (Einaudi, 1982-1996): I've been using it a good bit lately and think it would be great to have to hand. Am I crazy? The postage from Italy is a scandal (literally).


Franz said...

In all sincerity, Asor Rosa's Italian Literature is great only for a few volumes, hence I would spend all that money in something else [unless your library do not own it]. Also, many of the essays have been republished by their authors in enriched versions. So far, the best volumes remain the tomi of "Poesia e Prosa: le Forme". Great blog!

Miglior acque said...

Oh dear. Too late. But I do find it very good, especially for orientating yourself. The medieval volumes (Storia e geografia) are extremely good also and well worth having. I also got the two-volume dictionary and that is excellent too. I think it has been worth the money to be honest.

Thanks for reading.


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