June 15, 2018

“Anyone who is deaf, blind and dumb will live a hundred years in peace.” So reads the proverb in the book penned by the Sicilian ethnographer Giuseppe Pitrè. Conjuring the fundamental principle of omertà (code of silence), th...

November 28, 2017

In Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime, Federico Varese offers the reader a journey into the human dimensions of mafia members. Through unfolding stories from the Japanese Yakuza, the Chinese Tri...

December 20, 2016

I am happy to learn that Oguz Atay's masterpiece -Tutunamayanlar- (The ones who cannot cling) will be translated to English after 45 years of its original publication. The prominent publishing house, Oneworld, will publish th...

September 27, 2016

"Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing" said George Orwell in the midst of political storm that tormented our lives during the Cold War. The fall of Berlin Wall and the advanceme...

August 1, 2016

Cesare Pavese is one of my favourite writers and Feria d’agosto is perhaps a masterpiece representing his most poetic and heterogeneous writing style. We are in August 2016. Ironically, this month I have started re-reading hi...

April 14, 2016

The Man Booker International Prize is one of the most renowned literary prizes given to the fiction books that are published in the UK. It is mostly known as the Booker Prize. The shortlist of this year's the Booker Prize has...

March 14, 2016

 

35 people lost their lives after the Ankara attack last night that has sent shockwaves around the entire country. There are dozens of people who were wounded seriously. The official sources reported that the suicide bomber w...

February 6, 2016

The Great Famine or The Great Hunger signifies a catastrophic period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration in Ireland that occurred from 1845 to 1852. About one million people died and more than a million people emigrat...

December 26, 2015

I listed the best five films of 2015 alphabetically. These are of course my personal choices. There are so many good films released in 2015; however, the five films listed below have some special distinctions as each of them...

December 18, 2015

 

 

 

January 3–7 – A series of massacres in Baga, Nigeria and surrounding villages by Boko Haram kills more than 2,000 people

 

March 5–8 – The ancient city sites of Nimrud, Hatra and Dur-Sharrukin in Iraq are demolished by the I...

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