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In quintum Novembris: how Guy Fawkes inspired the literary world

Every year Britain “remembers, remembers the fifth of November“, as the old English verse chants. It is no wonder that more than 400 years after the facts took place, history and tradition of a very distant celebration are perceived in a different way as we adapt to time and tend, as a society, to modify the…

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On Babette’s Feast: food, history and other interpretations

Originally published in an English newspaper in 1950, “Babette’s Feast” would have its Danish version released within the next two years, finding its way into a properly released book in 1958, as part of a stories collection. The main plot is set in the Norwegian port town of Berlevåg, where a former chef of the…

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Is cultural independence on its way for Cornwall?

This week an unprecedented chance will be given to Scotland to become independent and end the Union with England, a state of things which was established in 1707, more than three centuries ago. Is this opportunity a once in a lifetime experience or will this, sooner or later, happen within the other States which form…

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Meet Barbara Pym: the most underrated contemporary writer?

When biographer David Cecil and poet Philip Larkin ended up defining Barbara Pym as the most under-rated writer of the XX century they probably wanted to stress out how brilliance often goes overlooked. Their nominating Pym in such position helped her career reach a new phase, where the common reader and the literary critic became aware…

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The Italian language vs. foreign influences: history, tradition and… issues

The choice of the Italian Fascist government to impose the Italian language over any other foreign influence in the 1930s had more than one reason: it was aimed at stopping the power of other European states such as France, Germany or Britain, from somewhat conquering Italy with the charm of their own languages, but also…