Il paradosso terrestre
Author: Marco Presta
Publisher: Giulio Einaudi Editore
To Be a Machine
Author: Mark O'Connell
"A globe-spanning investigation into the Transhumanist movement, considering the tech billionaires, scientific luminaries, and DIY body-hackers attempting to prolong, improve, and ultimately transcend the limits of human life"--
An exploration of the science behind the powers of popular comic superheroes and villains illustrates the physics principles underlying the supernatural abilities of such characters as Superman, Magneto, and Spider-Man.
The Eight Mountains
Author: Paolo Cognetti
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
“A fine book, a rich, achingly painful story that is made for all of us who have ever felt a hunger for the mountains. Few books have so accurately described the way stony heights can define one's sense of joy and rightness. And it is an exquisite unfolding of the deep way humans may love one another.” —Annie Proulx For fans of Elena Ferrante and Paulo Coelho comes the international sensation about the friendship between two young Italian boys from different backgrounds and how their connection evolves and challenges them throughout their lives. Pietro is a lonely boy living in Milan. With his parents becoming more distant each day, the only thing the family shares is their love for the mountains that surround Italy. While on vacation at the foot of the Aosta Valley, Pietro meets Bruno, an adventurous, spirited local boy. Together they spend many summers exploring the mountains’ meadows and peaks and discover the similarities and differences in their lives, their backgrounds, and their futures. The two boys come to find the true meaning of friendship and camaraderie, even as their divergent paths in life—Bruno’s in the mountains, Pietro’s across the world—test the strength and meaning of their connection. A modern Italian masterpiece, The Eight Mountains is a lyrical coming-of-age story about the power of male friendships and the enduring bond between fathers and sons. “There are no more universal themes than those of the landscape, friendship, and becoming adults, and Cognetti’s writing becomes classical (and elegant) to best tell this story…a true novel by a great writer" (Rolling Stone Italia).
The Boundaries of Europe
Author: Pietro Rossi
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Europe’s boundaries have mainly been shaped by cultural, religious, and political conceptions rather than by geography. In this context, this volume outlines the transformation of Europe’s boundaries from the fall of the ancient world to the age of decolonization and explores, among other aspects, the confrontation of Christian Europe with Islam and the changing role of the Mediterranean from “mare nostrum” to a frontier between nations.
Author: Luca D'Andrea
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Winter, 1974. Marlene has married Herr Wegener, the most feared man in South Tyrol, to escape a life of misery. Now, however, something has changed, and she cannot act anymore as if nothing had happened. She knows that her husband will never forgive her betrayal, but she decides to leave him after robbing him of an immense treasure, its value beyond any sum of money. When she runs off the road while trying to cross the border, Simon Keller saves her and takes care of her. He is a Bau'r a mountain peasant who lives on a lost farm. Meanwhile, Herr Wegener has unleashed a manhunt, drive by anger, but also by the trouble his wife's rebellion has put him in with the Consortium, a powerful criminal organisation. Marlene is to be pursued by the Right-hand Man, a ferocious and lethal hitman, who never rests until his contract is fulfilled. Soon Marlene will have to decide who represents the major threat to her life. Her husband, the hitman, perhaps even Simon. Or Lissy.
Author: Mordecai Richler
Charged with comic energy and a steely disregard for any pieties whatsoever, Barney's Version is a major Richler novel, the most personal and feeling book of a long and distinguished career. Told in the first person, it gives us the life (and what a life!) of Barney Panofsky--whose trashy TV company, Totally Useless Productions, has made him a small fortune; whose three wives include a martyred feminist icon, a quintessential JCP (Jewish-Canadian Princess), and the incomparable Miriam, the perfect wife, lover, and mother--alas, now married to another man; who recalls with nostalgia and pain his young manhood in the Paris of the early fifties, and his lifelong passion for wine, women, and the Montreal Canadiens; who either did or didn't murder his best friend, Boogie, after discovering him in bed with The Second Mrs. Panofsky; whose satirical eye for the idiocies of today's Quebec separatists (as well as for every other kind of political correctness) manages to offend his entire acquaintanceship (and will soon be offending readers everywhere); and whose memory--though not his bile--is, in his sixty-seventh year, definitely slipping . . . From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Fabio Genovesi
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
The story of a small Italian town where fishing, biking, and rock 'n' roll make the news, until tragedy turns everything upside down. Muglione. Nothing grows in this Tuscan backwater except the wild imagination of Fiorenzo, a nineteen-year-old metalhead. He lives for his garage band, horror movies, and fishing in the murky irrigation ditches outside of town. But when his path crosses with Mirko, the teenage cycling phenomenon, and Tiziana, the smart but frustrated head of the local youth center turned refuge for the town's hard-drinking seniors, his world will never be the same. From the brink of despair they fight their way back through honesty, resilience, and laughter, their fates interweaving in a story that is at once achingly funny, bitter, and full of poetic fervor. Told with the tenderness of a Fellini film, this contemporary novel continues the great tradition of Italian literature and cinema.
Divini and Campani
Author: Maria Luisa Righini Bonelli, Albert Van Helden
The master of science fiction speculates about life on other planets... "Intriguing"--Publishers Weekly From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: André Kukla
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, has attracted both praise and sharp criticism from the mainstream scientific community over the years. Extraterrestrials: A Philosophical Perspective explores the important philosophical issues that are at play in this discussion. Andre Kukla closely examines several of the prominent ideas surrounding the possibility of extraterrestrial life such as the vastness of the universe argument, the argument from mediocrity and the one world, one science argument while offering innovative theories of his own. Among other things, Kukla show uses Chomsky's account of language acquisition to explain why humans will never be able to communicate with extraterrestrials. Extraterrestrials offers a close and thorough treatment of extraterrestrial life that will intrigue a wide audience, especially those who are interested in the philosophy of science."
On the morning of Sunday, June 23, 2002, 100 participants gathered at The Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan, along with a 12-person Peruvian brass band, and a horse, dogs, and numerous palanquins, atop which sat replicas of three masterpieces from the museum's collection--Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," Duchamp's ready-made "Bicycle Wheel" and a Giacometti--and a living representative of contemporary art, Kiki Smith. Three hours later they ended their procession at the museum's new temporary home, in Queens. Along the way, which ran from 11 West 53 Street, over the Queensboro Bridge, and up Queens Boulevard, the procession absorbed 100 additional participants, and enacted a very public spectacle--part saint's day procession and part secular celebration--of the museum's historic move to MoMA QNS.
Dante e la fabbrica della Commedia
Author: Alfredo Cottignoli, Ravenna (Italy), Biblioteca comunale classense (Ravenna, Italy), Opera di Dante (Institution : Ravenna, Italy)
Il volume raccoglie le relazioni al Convegno ravennate del settembre 2006, su 'Dante e la fabbrica della Commedia', tenutosi in occasione del VII Centenario dell'ideazione del poema, e ne rispecchia, anche nel ricco corredo iconografico, il carattere eminentemente interdisciplinare: all'italianistica si sono, infatti, avvicendate, con la partecipazione di noti specialisti, la filologia classica e la biblistica, l'iranistica e la musicologia medievale, la bizantinistica e la storia del Cristianesimo, l'antropologia fisica e la storia dell'arte. [Testo dell'Editore].