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i contemporanei – Anne Rice

Anne Rice (Howard Allen O’Brien; 1941 -) is an author of gothic, erotic, and religious-themed (tematica religiosa) books from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her Vampire Chronicles series started with Interview with the Vampire (1973) adapted into a 1994 movie directed by Neil Jordan, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas e Christian Slater. Now the cycle includes over a dozen novels, like…

i contemporanei – Jon Krankauer

Sean Penn and Jon Krankauer Jon Krakauer (1954 – ), writer and mountaineer (scalatore) and well known for his writing about outdoors adventures (avventure all’aria aperta) and mountain-climbing (scalate), is  the author of best-selling(libri di successo)  non-fiction books (basati su vita reale). Into the Wild (1996) is about the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who, after graduating…

i contemporanei – Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer  (1977 – ) is an American Jewish (ebreo americano) author  who  graduated (si è laureato) from Princetonin 1999 with a degree in Philosophy. In 1995 Safran Foer had the chance to take part in an introductory writing course with author Joyce Carol Oates. The writer was  interest in Foer’s way of writing and supported (sostenne) his idea…

i contemporanei – Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby (1957 – ) is a  novelist and essayist, whose works frequently touches upon music, sports, and the aimless and obsessive natures of his protagonists. He  met his success with the novel High Fidelity, (1995) about a London record store owner in his 30s who re-examines his failed relationships after being left by his girlfriend. The success was followed…

i contemporanei – Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz (1956 – ) is an English author and screenwriter (sceneggiatore). His father was councillor (consigliere) of prime minister Harold Wilson. Facing bankruptcy (per fronteggiare la banacarotta), Horowitz’s father removed his wealth (ricchezze) from his bank accounts and hid it (li nascose) away under a pseudonym, but when  he then died, the family was never able to find the missing…

i contemporanei – Caron Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy (1955 -), was the first Scottish poet and playwright (autrice teatrale) “woman” to be appointed (nominata) Britain‘s poet laureate in May 2009. Her poems – Standing Female Nude (1985); Selling Manhattan (1987); Mean Time (1993); and Rapture (2005) – mainly deals with (trattano principalmente) issues (argomenti) such as oppression, gender, and violence, and are written in an accessible language. The…

buone vacanze – have a nice time

A Celtic Thought   May the hand of a friend always be near, May God fill your heart with gladness and cheer, May the dreams that you dream be the ones that you pray, May the blackbirds that sing start off your day. Possa la mano di un amico esserti sempre vicina Possa Dio riempire il tuo cuore con gioia…

oggi accadde

Jo Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury in the UK in 1965. Her name is Joanne “Jo” Rowling but her pen name is J. K. Rowling: before publishing her first book, the publisher Bloomsbury requested that the writer use two initials, so not to make evident she was a woman. She chose K. for Kathleen as the second initial of…

the witches (are among us)

The Witches is a 1990 comedy – fantasy film directed by Nicolas Roeg based on the book of the same name by Norwegian-British author Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990). Actors: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling and Rowan Atkinson. While on holiday at his grandmother Helga, Luke ‘s parents die in a car crash (incidente stradale). Helga decides to take the boy…

Blade Runner

In 1982 Ridley Scott directed Blade Runner, a science – fiction – noir film starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Daryl Hannah. It is loosely (lontanamente) based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The story follows Rick Deckard, a retired cop (poliziotto in pensione) in Los Angeles around the year 2019….