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BOOK REVIEW, IL PIACERE (PLEASURE), A NOVEL BY GABRIELE D'ANNUZIO

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Today I will review Il piacere (Pleasure),   a novel by Gabriele D'Annuzio (1863 -1938), an Italian writer who held an important position in Italian literature in late 19th and early 20th century.  Gabriele D'Annuzio was a controversial figure and is seen by some as a forerunner to Fascism. Personally, I don't see the point in avoiding authors that are deemed controversial if their writing can be useful or educating. I sometimes feel like today we are living in Fahrenheit 451 society, where people are just looking for excuses not to read. Not that I would recommend this novel to everyone, mind you. I imagine that many a modern reader will probably struggle to understand the historical context of this novel. Historical and classical novels usually take an acquired taste and that is even more true when we speak of works that fall into Symbolism, Aestheticism, Gothic or Decadent literary category. Like The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, this is a novel that some mig

RETURN FROM THE STARS, A NOVEL BY STANISLAW LEM

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Hello dear readers and fellow bloggers. How is life treating you? Today I'm back with another reading recommendation. Now, some of you may remember that I love science fiction. Since I have discovered Stanislaw Lem, a Polish author of science fiction, I've just kept reading more of his works. I have  already reviewed three Lem's novel on this little digital place of mine: Eden, The Invincible and Solaris . Today I will review the fourth: a novel about a man who returns from the stars only to find his home changed so much,  it doesn't feel like home anymore. Titled  Return From the Stars  and published in 1961, this novel tells a story of an astronaut returning home to Earth after more than a century. + 21 WAYS TO STYLE THIS MINI FLORAL DRESS HERE Honestly, I'm surprised this novel is not better known or more praised. Return From the Stars in an amazing book. The writing is absolutely captivating. What particularly impressed me is how it felt like several novels wi

FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY: RUJIŠTE MOUNTAIN CHIC

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 Hello dear readers and fellow bloggers! How are you? It's (almost) Friday and you know what that means on this little digital place to call my own, don't you? It's time for another FASHION ILLUSTRATION FRIDAY (i.e. a regular feature on my blog where I post my fashion illustrations). I don't post every single Friday, but every month you can expect at least one or two posts in this category. Fashion illustration is something that I have always enjoyed and still do.  Even when I was a girl, I would fill my sketchbooks with fashion illustrations and sketches.   Over the years, my fashion illustration style has evolved together with my art. I think it's only logical that other art projects I do get reflected onto my fashion illustrations. Having taken traditional art courses in the past, I sometimes ended up using traditional mediums for my fashion illustrations. At other times, I would experiment with other more modern techniques and mediums. Moreover, sometimes I wou

TRAVEL WITH MY ART #10: HVAR TOWN (CROATIA)

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Hello dear readers! I'm  very excited  to share a new canvas painting with you. This painting will take you to Hvar town. In the centre of this painting there is a 12.5 meters long traditional wooden fishing boat and in the background you can see Hvar town (where we first spotted this boat about a year ago). Moreover, this painting with mark my tenth post in TRAVEL WITH MY ART series. I created this series as a way of virtually travelling with the help of my paintings and illustrations. Naturally, I will also share our photography, especially when it comes to reference photographs. It is my goal to use art as a way of showing an additional and perhaps a bit more personal view of some place. While I enjoy photography a lot, I think I'm more a painter than a photographer.   I invested a lot of time and effort into this painting. I would say that I invested around 70 hours of work  into it. It was also a little nerve-wrecking because I wanted to get it just right. I often feel a b