Ludovico Einaudi on the Arctic Ocean

Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway).

Frédéric Dard’s Romans de la nuit

This entry was originally planned as a private note, but I have thought it might be of a certain interest for readers of this blog. 

1-may-14 Frédérick Dard’s romans de la nuit (“novels of the night”) can be defined by their themes: Frustration, jealousy, crime, failure and alienation, fear; by its plots and narrative patterns (influences of Chase and Cain); their period of publication (mainly between 1956 and 1966); by a common criterion easy to spot: The “romans de la nuit” were all published under the name of Frederick Dard; and finally by their publication in the collection Spécial-Police des Editions du Fleuve Noir

Thus defined, the complete collection and their titles is as follows: Du plomb pour ces demoiselles, 1951; Les salauds vont en enfer, 1956; Délivrez-nous du mal, 1956; Les Bras de la nuit, 1956; Le bourreau pleure, 1956; Cette mort dont tu parlais, 1957; On n’en meurt pas, 1957; Le Pain des fossoyeurs, 1957; C’est toi le venin, 1957; Des yeux pour pleurer, 1957; Ma sale peau blanche, 1958; Une gueule comme la mienne, 1958; Le Tueur triste, 1958; Toi qui vivais, 1958; Rendez-vous chez un lâche, 1959; La dynamite est bonne à boire, 1959; Coma, 1959; Les Scélérats, 1959; Les Mariolles, 1960; Puisque les oiseaux meurent, 1960; Le Monte-charge, 1961; Le Cauchemar de l’aube, 1961; Le Cahier d’absence, 1962; L’Homme de l’avenue, 1962; La Pelouse, 1962; Quelqu’un marchait sur ma tombe, 1963; Refaire sa vie, 1965; Une seconde de toute beauté, 1966.

Source: Frédéric Dard Romans de la nuit, Préface et notices de Dominique Jeannerod.pdf

Rocco Schiavone Mysteries

Close to the publication in English of Antonio Manzini’s second book in his Rocco Schiavone mystery series, I would like to call your attention to an author that, has seemed to me, has gone unnoticed to English readers and reviewers. Now, what is not quite clear to me is whether A Cold Death is the same book as Adam’s Rib (Harper 2016)?

Antonio Manzini is an actor, screenwriter, director, and the author of two murder mysteries featuring Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, Black Run is the first of these novels to be translated into English. He lives in Italy. (Source: Fourth State)

632427725 Having got on the wrong side of some powerful people, Rocco Schiavone, deputy prefect of police, is exiled to Aosta, a small alpine town. The sophisticated, crotchety Roman is not best pleased – he despises mountains, snow, and the provincial locals as much as he disdains his superiors and their petty rules. What he loves is solving crimes…

And when a mangled body is discovered on a piste, Rocco faces his first challenge —identifying the victim, a procedure complicated by his ignorance of the customs, dialect, and history of his new home. Undaunted, Rocco explores the ski runs, mountain huts, and aerial tramways, meeting ski instructors, Alpine guides and the hardworking, enigmatic inhabitants of Aosta, amongst them a few beauties eager to give him a particularly warm welcome.

An insightful observer of human nature, Antonio Manzini writes with shrewd humour and a dash of irony, and introduces an irresistible hero — a fascinating blend of swagger, machismo, and vulnerability— in a colorful and atmospheric crime mystery series that is European crime fiction at its best.

Read more here.


844669373 In an elegant apartment in a chilly Alpine town a cleaning lady makes a gruesome discovery: the body of her employer hanging from a chandelier in a dark room in an apparent suicide.

Working the case is Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone, banished from his beloved Rome to snowy, small-town Aosta. An incurable cynic, perpetually at war with the world – and the weather – Rocco is unconvinced that Esther killed herself.

Armed with his intuition and his inimitable brand of morality, he begins to hunt for a killer. But as he digs deeper into Esther’s life Rocco is increasingly troubled by personal matters: his dissatisfied girlfriend Nora; the very vocal memory of his deceased wife, Marina; and a score that still needs settling back in Rome.

Small towns can hide big secrets, but Rocco will do whatever it takes to bring them into the light.

Read more here.

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