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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

Reading On Chesil Beach consoled me. Despite its presentation as ‘another masterwork from Ian McEwan’ and his credentials from Atonement, which I really enjoyed, when I finished this 166-page novel I saw it as a controversial work, a book rightfully open to doubt and criticism. I apologise for my resulting sentiments, but having just come […]

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

“The book you are going to write must have a well-defined target reader,” Junot Díaz said. I remember his lessons, his concepts. “You cannot write for everybody, but only for a certain, specific slice of audience. And you must know it, and respect it.” So, reading The Buried Giant, I thought of its readers and […]

The Search for Missing Timothy Mo – An article by Anne Teoh for Beyond Thirty-Nine

The Search for Missing Timothy Mo – An article by Anne Teoh for Beyond Thirty-Nine

I was alerted late, in 2015, to renew my reading of Timothy Mo’s amazing development since Monkey King and Sweet and Sour. When I started reading his early Oriental novels in the 80s, the Oxford writer had gone on to produce, “An Insular Possession, The Reluctance of Courage, Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard, Renegade or Halo […]

Why don’t we have Le French May?

Why don’t we have Le French May?

In my last article, Vision versus Utopia, I wrote: ‘What is the vision of Italy for the next fifteen years? Or of Sardinia, my country? There is no answer because there is no vision, unluckily. The day-by-day tactics is driving two wonderful lands to a dramatic decline.’ I received dozens of emails with interesting comments […]

Vision versus Utopia

Vision versus Utopia

Consider a company, no matter what industry it belongs to. Before looking at its strategy—I mean, before you can formulate its strategy in a concise and systematic way, one that is able to drive and merge all the efforts toward a specific direction—you have to examine and take into account its guiding beliefs, and the […]

I am a mutant, a short story by Camila Oberto

I am a mutant, a short story by Camila Oberto

I am a mutant, I know well. A combination of genes that is different from that of my remote past and of the past-which-is-only-just-gone-by, as D. H. Lawrence called it, that intermediate period of time that still hovers unresolvedly in my background. And unlike the joining and merging of yesterday’s storm of emotions too, which, […]

Let me introduce the international jury of the The Galtellì Literary Prize

Let me introduce the international jury of the The Galtellì Literary Prize

We are honoured and very proud of the selection panel members. They are all famous writers and scholars from different parts of the world. Everyone will bring their culture, sensibility and experience, adding a great value to the Galtellì Literary Prize and the cultural week to spend in October in Sardinia. Neria De Giovanni,  Asale Angel-Ajani, Evan Fallenberg, Mark Polizzotti and Victoria Redel […]

Celebrating Grazia Deledda – The Galtellì Literary Prize

Celebrating Grazia Deledda – The Galtellì Literary Prize

The village of Galtellì, Sardinia, is launching an international prose contest dedicated to the great Sardinian writer Grazia Deledda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, who set her masterpiece Canne al Vento, or Reeds in the Wind, right in Galtellì. The top five selected writers will be invited to Sardinia for workshops […]

Our figures, our deeds

Our figures, our deeds

In March 2015, our cultural platform peaked with a huge number of more than 537,000 hits in one month (four times the number of March 2014), more than 71,000 pages read (almost three times the corresponding number) and more than 16,000 visits. Moreover, Beyond Thirty-Nine is now a journal with about 10,000 loyal readers (almost […]

Le Ore di Spagna (The Time spent in Spain) by Leonardo Sciascia

Le Ore di Spagna (The Time spent in Spain) by Leonardo Sciascia

While reading Le Ore di Spagna (The Time Spent in Spain) by Leonardo Sciascia (1921–1989), I thought of Elvis Presley. After his death – I mean the death of the unforgettable Elvis – one of his songs, Rubbernechin’, a stirring rock ’n’ roll number, was remixed by Paul Oakenfold and released as a new single […]

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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

The CityU MFA’s Occasional & Unpredictable Newsletter