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Why we were so fond of books

Why we were so fond of books

You can ask why we were so fond of books. You are right. My father, my mother, my sister and I spent a lot of money every month to buy piles of the most disparate books that we can find in the central library of Nugoro, the one of the Piras brothers, yes, in the [...]

The acid test of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare

The acid test of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare

A friend of mine, in good faith, told me once that I was not able to write a good book review because I would run out of patience too quickly when describing the novel or essay, and then I would talk about my feelings and thoughts, going round and round, and losing the focus of [...]

The revolt of Terranova against the Savoy government

The revolt of Terranova against the Savoy government

A friend of mine, so far anonymous, sent me a sheet from a newspaper I didn’t know, called A Olbia, from June 2014, in which there is an intriguing article by Salvatore Zappadu, Tutti uniti contro il governo sabaudo di inizio ‘800 – alle saline la grande rivolta del popolo di Terranova (All united against the [...]

Ursula Andress & Nugoro

Ursula Andress & Nugoro

To explain the framework, back then in Nugoro there was only one cinema, small and warm, called Il Pidocchietto, the little louse, because of the presence of such guests in the muffled old chairs. I have to say that their presence was discrete and not invasive, so, please, don’t dramatize this secondary aspect of the [...]

Beyond Thirty-Nine exceeds 210,000 hits in the month of July

Beyond Thirty-Nine exceeds 210,000 hits in the month of July

In the last month of July 2014, our beloved cultural platform reached its historical top with the huge number of 210,317 hits in one month, 7,000 unique visitors, and more than 40,000 pages read (both new records too). This new achievement is surprising, also considering the summer period and the geographical coverage: today B39 is [...]

Is honour still a value?

Is honour still a value?

A hundred years ago, WW1 exploded. Today it is difficult to say why such an incredible event occurred. It was avoidable. It should have been avoided. But the fact is—that conflict of apocalyptic dimensions started and spread, each day of its incredible development consuming more than 6,000 human lives—and this is only a rough average. [...]

Shakespeare at King’s College Fellows’ Garden

Shakespeare at King’s College Fellows’ Garden

Seven hundred people gathered in the wonderful park behind King’s College in Cambridge to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. There was a perfect Gaussian distribution of new-borns, kids, teenagers, young people, adults, senior people and elders. The person sitting next to me was an old lady, more than ninety years old, on [...]

Angelo Paratico speaks about Leonardo da Vinci

Angelo Paratico speaks about Leonardo da Vinci

Angelo wrote a very interesting piece about Leonardo Da Vinci in the Corriere della Sera, in the blog ‘La nostra storia, di Dino Messina’, published on 23 July 2014. The title of the article is Il lato francese di Leonardo da Vinci nella biografia di Serge Bramly. Angelo speaks about the book Leonardo Da Vinci, Artista, [...]

Indian Summer, by Alex von Tunzelmann: fiction and non-fiction

Indian Summer, by Alex von Tunzelmann: fiction and non-fiction

As you know, one of the recurrent discussions in literature concerns these two categories, fiction and non-fiction, and their borders. First, I have to say that the effort of categorising ideas, movements, disciplines, means and crafts is often unsuccessful and useless (‘I mistrust all systemisers and avoid them. The will to a system is a [...]

Without music, life would be a mistake – Friedrich Nietzsche

Without music, life would be a mistake – Friedrich Nietzsche

We have received many messages of congratulation – the appearance of Radio B39 was a great surprise to all our fans. We are proud to have opened another cultural dimension, another important chapter in Beyond Thirty-Nine’s story, even if we are aware that we have to improve. First, a technicality: now you can listen to [...]

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THE AUTHOR
Ciriaco OffedduCIRIACO OFFEDDU
Engineer, CEO of several companies, more than twenty years of experience as a leader of a consulting group specialized in direct management in a broad range of business disciplines and industries, expert in internationalization processes.

Newly Graduated from the City University of Hong Kong with a Master in Creative Writing.

Author of many publications.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention


NewsletterAug2013

List of a few of MFA students’ publications, awards and honors in literary publishing


The CityU MFA’s Occasional & Unpredictable Newsletter

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