Between East & West: My Dammann Frères Tea Set

Why is this tea set so special? It's not just that it's Dammann Frères (to know more about this brand click here): its mixed features, between East & West, make this tea set unique. The shape of the teapot is unmistakably Western (British I would say but it's a French brand we're talking about so … Continue reading Between East & West: My Dammann Frères Tea Set

*°.My Favourite Book Blogs.°*

Exploring other book blogs and review sites is not just a way to get inspiration for your own blog but also to discover books you would have never thought about and maybe compare what other people think of a book you've read. Here is a list of my favourite book blogs and review sites which, … Continue reading *°.My Favourite Book Blogs.°*

Japanese Cast Iron Teapot 鉄急須 … a Tea Lover’s Must-Have

Cast iron teapots are not usually listed with other traditional types of Japanese teapots. As a matter of fact, this is a variant of the so-called tetsubin (鉄瓶), a cast iron kettle that, unlike teapots, is used only to boil water (not to brew tea). Outside Japan, it's difficult to find this kind of kettle while its … Continue reading Japanese Cast Iron Teapot 鉄急須 … a Tea Lover’s Must-Have

My First Japanese Tea Set お茶セット

As a tea lover, a Japanese tea set is an essential (and talking about tea essentials, I recommend this website)! This is my first Japanese tea set and it was given to me as a gift for my graduation (I couldn't have asked for a better gift!). This is a made in Japan ceramic teapot … Continue reading My First Japanese Tea Set お茶セット

Ni d’Eve ni d’Adam – Amélie Nothomb

"Si tu meurs, pars. Si tu souffres, bouge. Il n'y a pas d'autre loi que le mouvement." J'ai "rencontré" Amélie Nothomb lors d'un cours de littérature française à l'université pour lequel on devait lire Métaphysique des tubes (pour en savoir plus cliquez ici). Ce livre m'a vraiment plu, pas seulement pour son lien avec le Japon, … Continue reading Ni d’Eve ni d’Adam – Amélie Nothomb

Il giardino segreto – Banana Yoshimoto

"'Voglio vivere.' Era questo il messaggio che, ostinatamente, trapelava da quel giardino." "Una cosa è certa: vedere quel giardino aveva determinato una svolta decisiva dentro di me. ... Provavo invidia per la forza di spirito e la perseveranza su cui si fondava quel giardino. Ero ancora immatura, del tutto immatura, e chissà se sarei mai riuscita ad arrivare … Continue reading Il giardino segreto – Banana Yoshimoto

Confronti: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer / La vie devant soi – Romain Gary

Due romanzi a confronto: uno è Exteremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005) dell'americano Jonathan Safran Foer e l'altro è La vie devant soi (1975) dello scrittore francese di origine lituana Romain Gary (pseudonimo, insieme a Émile Ajar, di Romain Kacew). A legare questi due libri è innanzitutto una coincidenza, una nota biografica: entrambi gli autori … Continue reading Confronti: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer / La vie devant soi – Romain Gary

Around Europe

this is a list of European capitals with a check mark ✔ next to those that I've visited and an asterisk * next to those that I plan to visit soon 😉 Austria: Vienna * Belgium: Bruxelles * Bulgaria: Sofia Croatia: Zagreb Cyprus: Nicosia Czech Republic: Prague ✔ Denmark: Copenhagen * Estonia: Tallinn Finland: Helsinki France: Paris ✔ Germany: Berlin * Greece: Athens ✔ … Continue reading Around Europe

Le città invisibili – Italo Calvino

Opera visionaria, Le città invisibili non hanno un'identità definita: non avendo una trama vera e propria non possono essere considerate un romanzo ma nemmeno un saggio. Forse la definizione migliore resta quella di raccolta di poemi in prosa. In ogni caso, resta innegabile il valore di quest'opera che unisce alla riflessione filosofica il racconto fantastico dando vita … Continue reading Le città invisibili – Italo Calvino

The Lost Landscape. A Writer’s Coming of Age – Joyce Carol Oates

"Our lives are enormous waves breaking on the shore, retreating and leaving only a few scattered things behind for us to contemplate ..." "... we are not absolutely determined by even crucial events in our lives; an initial failure may release us to a new, more appropriate, and even more challenging course of action. We have … Continue reading The Lost Landscape. A Writer’s Coming of Age – Joyce Carol Oates

Il gusto proibito dello zenzero – Jamie Ford

"Lui l'aveva imparato tanto tempo prima: la famiglia non ha niente a che vedere con la perfezione." "Henry stava imparando che il tempo della separazione finiva per creare distanza, più che le montagne e la differenza di fuso orario. Una distanza vera, quella che fa stare male e induce a smettere di farsi domande. Una … Continue reading Il gusto proibito dello zenzero – Jamie Ford