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Soumission, by Michel Houellebecq

Soumission, by Michel Houellebecq

I ordered and read Soumission in French, one of the first editions, or rather a volume of a limited Flammarion edition of 120 copies. And again, as usual after finishing a book by Michel Houellebecq, I’m astonished, amazed and full of admiration for this author so unique. I quote the introduction to the novel first, [...]

Ciao Asmara, by Justin Hill

Ciao Asmara, by Justin Hill

I didn’t want to die, but I was dying. For the second of three times during a recovery that was more inexplicable and harsh than my accident. In the second of three hospitals in which I was clumsily dropped as a difficult case and not a patient. Alone in a room at the bottom of [...]

A moving letter from Sardinia

A moving letter from Sardinia

I received this letter from Enrico Poddie, who has just returned to Nuoro, Barbagia, Sardinia. Enrico is sa mezzuboche, the middle voice or the voice of the wind, the first tenor of the tenors group. He first sang in the Coro Grazia Deledda, but he was fond of the ‘canto a tenore’ and insisted to [...]

Where is Sardinia?

Where is Sardinia?

As we anticipated, the concert has been a wonderful, incredible success. An hour before the show started, there was already a queue of a hundred people, waiting in front of the reception area. The Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong had recorded over 700 reservations before closing access to the website – something that previously [...]

Thank you, Petraeus

Thank you, Petraeus

I would like to thank publicly the highly decorated four-star general David Howell Petraeus. His military CV is impressive: in brief, and only focusing on his last commands, he was Commander of the United States Central Command, and as Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq. Then he was [...]

The Sound and the Fury and The Grapes of Wrath again

The Sound and the Fury and The Grapes of Wrath again

I read The Sound and the Fury and The Grapes of Wrath again. I needed to hear William Faulkner’s and John Steinbeck’s voices once more, to check whether I had understood their masterpieces the first time I read them, or not. So, with a sort of renewed and fresh attention, I dived into the story [...]

Federico Caffè: an unheeded lesson, for now

Federico Caffè: an unheeded lesson, for now

Federico Caffè (1914–?) was a great Italian economist and mentor of many academics, politicians and pre-eminent leaders of present-day public administration. His passion was economic policy, which relates to the actions that governments take in economic fields – for example taxation, government budget, money supply, interest rates and labour markets. For him, economic policy was [...]

Grazia Deledda Tenors in Hong Kong

Grazia Deledda Tenors in Hong Kong

Beyond Thirty-Nine, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Hong Kong and Macau, which is the organizer of the event, is proud to present the ‘Tenors of the Grazia Deledda Chorus’. This event will take place on Wednesday 4 February 2015, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Sheung Wan Civic Theatre, 345 [...]

2015 then – Thomas Piketty’s search for different keys of understanding

2015 then – Thomas Piketty’s search for different keys of understanding

I read that Thomas Piketty wonders why Italy must pay 6% of its GDP to repay the interests of its debts and only 1% of its GDP for education. Thomas Piketty is a young French economist, internationally very famous for his Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a book that I strongly recommend if you are [...]

Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Grazia Deledda, etc.

Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Grazia Deledda, etc.

In 2014, Beyond Thirty-Nine talked about Girolamo Cardano, Brian Castro, Jonathan Chaves, Jacques de Coutre, Leonardo Da Vinci, Grazia Deledda, Andrew David Field, Timothy Findley, Hetty Hillesum, D. H. Lawrence, Simon Leys, Emilio Lussu, Gabriel García Márquez, Sharmistha Mohanty, Friedrich Nietzsche, George Orwell, Lincoln Paine, Octavio Paz, Alex Preston, Matteo Ricci, Thomas Rimer, Arundhati Roy, [...]

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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.

@COffeddu

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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