latin

Can’t repeat the past: on the Latin language and its unlikely revival

When you start learning a new language you picture yourself understanding that language, you learn how to interact with it and without a doubt you project yourself into a future where this new language gives access to new and exciting possibilities. But Latin looks backwards. And any learner of Latin is forced to look at…

donkey

When Robert Louis Stevenson travelled with a donkey in the Cévennes

Long before Scottish writer and poet Robert Louis Stevenson published his popular novella “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” and shortly before his rise to fame with the release of “Treasure Island“, the Scottish writer successfully experimented with another genre in literature: the travelogue. Actually, his first book was an account based…

1913

1913: defining the year before the war with literature

If you type “1913” in search engines and specifically looking for books, you will find that two major books have been dedicated to this topic: the year 1913. One of them is “1913: The World before the Great War” by Charles Emmerson and the other one is “1913: The Year Before the Storm: The Summer…

digital

Sociological theories and zeitgeist: will there be a new generation of silence?

Sociological topics are a tricky business when it comes to describing our current generation or social features around us. Why? We are still being deeply affected from whatever defines our generations, and yet we can clearly draw a sketch of the way we used to live decades ago. Wherease it is easier for us to…

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Nordic and Scandinavian literature: the brighter side of it

Britain’s obsession with Scandinavian crime fiction shows no signs of stopping. On television, “The Killing” and “The Bridge” have rapidly gained an ever-growing number of viewers. When did this all begin? Perhaps we can trace it back to the best-selling release of Stieg Larsson’s “The Dragon with the Girl Tattoo” as a book and later…