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Michele Iacono

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The Town of Mohaba

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Talks with Mussolini

 By F. Guzzardi

Emil Ludwig (originally named Emil Cohn) was born in Breslau, now part of Poland. Born into a Jewish family, he was raised as a non-Jew but was not baptized. “Many persons have become Jews since Hitler," he said. "I have been a Jew since the murder of Walther Rathenau [in 1922], from which date I have emphasized that I am a Jew.” Ludwig studied law but chose writing as a career. At first he wrote plays and novellas, also working as a journalist. In 1906, he moved to Switzerland, but, during World War I, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Berliner Tageblatt in Vienna and Istanbul. He became a Swiss citizen in 1932, later emigrating to the United States in 1940.
At the end of the Second World War, he went to Germany as a journalist, and it is to him that we owe the retrieving of Goethe's and Schiller's coffins, which had disappeared from Weimar in 1943/44. He returned to Switzerland after the war and died in 1948, in Moscia, near Ascona. In 1944, Ludwig wrote a letter to the New York Times where he urged that "Hitler’s fanaticism against the Jews could be exploited by the Allies. The Three Powers should send a proclamation to the German people through leaflets and to the German Government through neutral countries; threatening that further murdering of Jews would involve terrible retaliation after victory. This would drive a wedge into the already existing dissension of the generals and the Nazis, and also between ultra-Nazis and other Germans.”

Ludwig interviewed Benito Mussolini and on 1 December 1929 

 
Our conversations took place evening after 
evening across this table. The reader must 
understand that their fundamental theme is, not 
so much the burning questions we discussed, as 
the character of Mussolini which, in its 
manifold face tings, I was end endeavoring to grasp. 
The following pages, therefore, are not Platonic 
dialogues in which this subject or that is 
exhaustively dealt with. Nevertheless, the nature of 
our talks is based upon the polarity of the 
interlocutors. I had devoted much time and thought 
to the question how I could best confront my 
own views with his, how I could most effectively 
induce him to speak frankly and freely while 
avoiding the danger of entering into one of those 
ponderous “disputations” which are fatal to 
conversation in any true sense of the term.
Like all true dictators, Mussolini shows the 
utmost courtesy. It would seem as if such men, 
between races, like to make their steed prance 
gracefully upon the saddling ground. He never 
appeared nervous or out of humor, but fingered 
a pencil while he was talking or sometimes 
sketched with it idly (I have seen the same 
trick in another dictator). He fidgeted a good 
deal in his chair, like a man whom long continued 
sitting makes uneasy. It has been said that at 
times he breaks off in the middle of his work, 
mounts a motor cycle, and races off to Ostia with 
one of his children sitting pillion -the police 
detailed to protect him dashing after him in a 
desperate attempt to keep in touch. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Checkpoint Charlie


"Checkpoint Charlie, Ladies and Gentlemen, il limite dentro di noi, il confine che non vogliamo oltrepassare se non vogliamo mettere in gioco la nostra morale."





 La storia di un artista dei nostri giorni, che si trova ad un bivio della propria misera esistenza e decide di attraversare il confine della propria vita per incontrare un mondo fatto di corruzione, ricchezza, fama, sesso, adulazione,menzogna,esoterici incontri e volteggi fra saggezza popolare e miseria. Una miniera di citazioni, un viaggio culturale, fra uno sbarco di emigranti ed una benedizione clericale. Checkpoint Charlie e` negli occhi di una prostituta minorenne, il confine dell'uomo, e` nella corruzione dell'uomo d'affari, nel politico di turno.
Checkpoint Charlie e` il gommone carico di anime che affonda nel mediterraneo, e` la barriera delle filosofie Greche o Cristiane, l'amante del diavolo.

"Immaginò di vedere riflesso in quelle scure acque un armonico corpo, e si mise a ridere, anzi, a sogghignare, quando si trovò a seguire con gli occhi le ipotetiche linee delle forme della sua por­tinaia, grassa e flaccida, con le caviglie gonfie e gli occhi di fuori, o quelle del barbiere all’angolo della via in cui abitava, smilzo curvo e ossuto, dall’alito irrancidito, la cui immagine ricordava i disegni laterali delle figure egiziane. Formulò l’ipotesi stramba che qualcuno avesse usato un cavatappi per infilare nel corpo, l’anima!
«Altrimenti come la mettevi dentro?» Gli scappò. Per forza dovevano averlo usato: se l’anima era pura, come si affermava, non ne avrà voluto sapere di stare tra visceri puzzolenti e organi malati, per non restare corrotta, sciolta tra gli acidi. Pensò che quel bastardo di Giordano Bruni lo stava sfruttando, dopo anni, si accorgeva solo ora della sua esistenza."
 
"L’artista, per nulla turbato, gli raccontò che quando dipingeva la notte, nel silenzio assoluto, che annullava ogni rumore, quando gli animi docili degli uomini comuni si acquietavano, una voce sussurrata lo spronava a dipingere. Non era sua la mano che distribuiva le linee e i colori sulla superficie della candida tela. Si sentiva trasportare dolcemente nell’etere e intravedeva la manifestazione dell’essere mostrarsi. Lui, allora, rubava agli dèi quelle immagini e subito di colpo, esse apparivano sulla tela. Solo di notte era possibile cogliere quelle parvenze d’esistenza ed era gran fatica accoglierle."

Checkpoint Charlie e` il secondo romanzo di Michele Iacono edito da Hoffmann & Hoffmann, che esce quasi in contemporanea con il suo primo: "Il bambino senza tempo" edito da Bookabook.
Il libro e` un viaggio attraverso un mondo che si trova aldila` del nostro senso morale, oltre i nostri limiti. Il protagonista, un pittore squattrinato, si trova suo malgrado proiettato in un mondo forse sognato ma che si rivela esserre la parte piu` abietta dell'uomo, la parte animale o forse la vera natura dell'uomo?
Il libro, la cui data ufficiale di vendita e` fissata per il 20 Agosto, e` gia`disponibile nei vari website di libri ( Amazon, Mondadori, Feltrinelli etc.) ma personalmente vi consiglio di richiederlo presso il vostro libraio di fiducia, per una questione di etica e anche perche` ci piace che sia cosi`.
E` un romanzo importante, il primo in lingua italiana, della Start Up Hoffmann & Hoffmann.
La casa editrice, che opera in Florida, US, e che pubblichera` nei prossimi mesi la versione in lingua inglese del libro di Michele Iacono, per i mercati anglosassoni.
La Hoffmann & Hoffmann, pubblica e distibuisce nel mondo attraverso Ingram publishing company,
ed in Italia attraverso Garzon Diffusion Internationale 
Autore
  Michele Iacono Nasce a Termini Imerese (PA) il 7/6/1954,dove risiede. Laureato in pedagogia, lavora per ASL di Palermo Dipartimento di salute mentale. Artista poliedrico, pittore, fotografo e curatore di bonsai da molti anni. Ha pubblicato un saggio nel 2012 per la casa editrice L’Epos: Il silenzio, il segno e la parola. Nel 2017 esce il suo primo romanzo per Bookabook dal titolo: Il bambino senza tempo. Checkpoint Charlie, e` pubblicato anche in inglese dalla casa editrice Hoffmann & Hoffmann FL, USA .

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Hoffmann & Hoffmann (August 5, 2017)
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 1947488031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1947488038
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches

















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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Will music interfere or help with writing?

     Image Source: Becca Clark

Will music interfere or help writing?

I used to believe that music would interfere with writing. However, I later discovered that it actually boosted my creativity. I then began experimenting listening to different genres. To my surprise, any song with no singing in the background helped increase my imagination. I started listening to ambient and movie soundtracks (love, action, drama etc.). I am now unable to write my stories without listening to some type of music. 

One of the benefits of listening to a song while writing is that it can play the role of a writing prompt. When I listen to a soundtrack, the next time that I start playing it, it takes me back to my writing without any effort. If I am writing a scene that I need to revisit, the same soundtrack will help bring my memory back. Music can also trigger different emotions within the writer. I find that when I am working on a tragic scene, I write with more emotions if I am listening to sad songs. If it is a scene with warriors fighting on a battlefield, I listen to action. 

I recommend that you experiment with different music types to discover if it helps with your creativity. It doesn't hurt to try. It might be worthwhile if you find that it does help. 

Question to Reflect: Does music interfere with your writing or help your creativity? Feel free to share your comments.


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Nazanin Marzban, the author of "The Town of Mohaba"