Category Italy

Blok in the dialect of Brescia

At Language Hat‘s, a link to and discussion of Alexander Blok in Dialèt Bresà, a translation or “transplantation” of Alexander Blok’s famous poem, Night, Street, Lamp, Drugstore, into a Gallo-Italic language, by Valentina Gosetti. The language is her native dialect,…

Added in translation II

It’s good to know that Edward Luttwak put things straight when the Italian new agency Adnkronos asked his view on President Biden’s “killer” interview: Biden spoke the truth: Putin is a murderer [assassino]… In Berlin, where Navalny was hospitalized, they…

Developments in the Markiv case

In October 2020, I learned about the trials of Vitaliy Markiv, the Ukrainian soldier accused by Italian prosecutors of murdering an Italian reporter in Donbas in 2014. In July 2019, Markiv was found guilty and sentenced by a first-level court…

Futurists without a future

Via Arts and Letters Daily, an introduction into Futurist Cuisine by Ayun Halliday. The culinary-minded Futurists in question were Italian, not Russian: they attacked pasta and wished it replaced with meat. Bread against meat is an ancient dichotomy. My interest…

Mironov, Rocchelli, Markiv

In January 2020, the Washington Post Magazine published a long article by Will Englund about Mironov and Rocchelli’s mission in Eastern Ukraine. Mironov was a Soviet dissident who was imprisoned in 1984-87 for distributing samizdat and having “contacts with foreigners.”…

Il processo Markiv

Suppose a prosecutor says: “I’ve proven A and B, therefore I’ve proven the defendant’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.” Suppose the defense counters: “By law, you need to prove A, B, and C in order to establish guilt. Since you haven’t…

Rogue cops in Perugia

In 2007, Monica Napoleoni was the head of the “homicide squad” in Perugia (Umbria, Italy). Lorena Zugarini was a senior member of that unit. They were both active participants in the railroading of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the…

Neither Islamic nor Arab

This could be a very good article if it weren’t so angry and consequently sloppy and misleading. Consider this quote by a Diana Darke, introduced as “Middle East specialist”: “Notre-Dame’s architectural design, like all gothic cathedrals in Europe, comes directly…

Maytime by the lagoon

I’m going to make this photograph the first in a series provisionally entitled Uncharacteristic photos from well-known or touristy places. Here’s an old shot taken in one of the busiest tourist locations on Earth, slightly photoshopped – fotoxx-ed, to be…

Alexandrian challenges

Back to where I left off last time. In his comments to Propertius III:15, John Kevin Newman remarked: Propertius is sentimental, but evidently sentiment does not exclude cruelty. To this observation, Newman supplies a footnote quoting from The Brothers Karamazov:…

Paeans from the cliffs

Suetonius recorded this theatrical incident in Caligula 57: In a farce called “Laureolus,” in which the chief actor falls as he is making his escape and vomits blood, several understudies so vied with one another in giving evidence of their…

“Here everything rhymes”

Osip Mandelstam wrote in 1933 in Conversation about Dante: Would you like to become acquainted with the lexicon of Italian rhymes? Take the entire Italian dictionary and leaf through as you please. Here everything rhymes. Every word cries out to…