Il Barone di Nicastro

Camillo di Nicastro, nobile erudito, dopo aver dedicato buona parte della sua vita allo studio, decide di partire per un lungo e tragicomico viaggio intorno al mondo, nel tentativo (vano) di dimostrare l’esistenza della virtù. Un racconto “filosofico” dal tono ironico-satirico e dal profondo significato esistenziale.

Ippolito Nievo (Padova, 30 novembre 1831 – mar Tirreno, 4 marzo 1861) è stato uno scrittore e patriota italiano.

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The Great God Pan

The Great God Pan is a horror and fantasy novella by Welsh writer Arthur Machen. Machen was inspired to write The Great God Pan by his experiences at the ruins of a pagan temple in Wales. What would become the first chapter of the novella was published in the magazine The Whirlwind in 1890. Machen later extended The Great God Pan and it was published as a book alongside another story, “The Inmost Light”, in 1894. The novella begins with an experiment to allow a woman named Mary to see the supernatural world. This is followed by an account of a series of mysterious happenings and deaths over many years surrounding a woman named Helen Vaughan. At the end, the heroes confront Helen and force her to kill herself. She undergoes a series of supernatural transformations before dying and she is revealed to be the child of Mary and the god Pan.

Arthur Machen (3 March 1863 – 15 December 1947) was the pen-name of Arthur Llewellyn Jones, a Welsh author and mystic of the 1890s and early 20th century. He is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction. His novella The Great God Pan (1890; 1894) has garnered a reputation as a classic of horror, with Stephen King describing it as “Maybe the best horror story in the English language.” He is also well known for “The Bowmen”, a short story that was widely read as fact, creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.

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Auguste Rodin

François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917) was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past. He was schooled traditionally, took a craftsman-like approach to his work, and desired academic recognition, although he was never accepted into Paris’s foremost school of art.

Rainer Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is “widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets”. He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose.
Several critics have described Rilke’s work as “mystical”. His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and anxiety. These themes position him as a transitional figure between traditional and modernist writers.

Translator: Jessie Lemont

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Lysis

Lysis is a dialogue of Plato which discusses the nature of philia (φιλία), often translated as friendship, while the word’s original content was of a much larger and more intimate bond. It is generally classified as an early dialogue.

Plato (428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder of the Platonist school of thought, and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

Translator: Benjamin Jowett

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