The art of translation

Every translation is an act of negotiation. -Umberto Eco I only recently saw this quote from the recently deceased Italian novelist, Umberto Eco. He would certainly have known about this first-hand, as his novels, especially his most famous, The Name of The Rose, were translated into numerous languages. But Eco was also a linguist and semiotician, so he…

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Jogging in New York’s Central Park

Ooh, jogging in Central Park is one of my favorite things to do when I’m in New York. It never fails to put me in a good mood. And when I’m back home (in Rome), I always feel a tug of nostalgia for my nice jogs through green Central Park, with the view of skyscrapers in…

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500 posts!

My kids would be cruel and ask if this is how many candles I’ll be having on my birthday cake. After all, when he was younger, my older son did actually ask me if I moved to Rome before or after they’d built the Coliseum. *Sigh* But no, a big number like this does not scare…

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Art deco (Jugendstil) architecture in Bad Gastein, Austria

I used to live in Vienna and neighboring Prague, and this is an architectural style I adore. Jugenstil, art deco, art nouveau, Secessionsstil — it goes by many names. The Alpine spa town and watering hole of Bad Gastein, in Austria’s Salzburg province has some fine examples. I’ve already written about the historic Hotel de…

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Happy National Short Story Week 2016!

It’s that time of year again, National Short Story Week 2016 – running 14-20 November! Short story readers and writers like me always appreciate efforts to concentrate much-needed attention on the short story. That’s one of the reasons I always look forward to this week. And I often tend to set aside short story collections…

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Mountain biking & fall foliage in Abruzzo

I often find myself missing home when the autumn months roll around. As much as I love Rome, there is no transition between the seasons in the Eternal City, no colorful fall foliage. This is why I enjoy visiting nearby Abruzzo during these months, to enjoy the sights, smells and climate of the autumns I miss.…

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Women’s Fiction Reading Challenge

Funny that I just discovered this challenge (as 2016 comes to a close) over at the excellent Book Date web site. The Women’s Fiction Reading Challenge 2016 is a challenge to read a certain number of Women’s Fiction books in a year: you choose the level of your commitment, and it ranges anywhere from less than…

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Biking Governor’s Island, New York

During our time back to New York this past summer, we finally managed to carve out time to get to Governor’s Island, something we’ve been meaning to do for years. As it turns out, our timing was great, because in July they inaugurated ‘The Hills’, the project by renowned Dutch landscape architect, Adriaan Geuze. You…

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