Archive for the 'Articles & Books' Category

Lying on the Couch

October 2, 2022

Irvin Yalom’s “Lying on the Couch”, was another of his intriguing books I read fully absorbed with the thoughts and feelings of all the characters. The amazing thing about this book for me were the numerous linguistic elements intricately chosen, starting from the title and the play on words of “lie” and “lay” in the similar sounding of “lying”; the name of the main protagonist Earnest, who aims at being earnest with his patients, the amazing cross-references between all… For anyone genuinely interested in psychology – it is a very entertaining read from which one can learn a lot. Previous book by Yalom I have liked >>>

 

The Child in YOU

October 2, 2022

A book by Stefanie Stahl I strongly recommend. More at: https://stefaniestahl.com/

The Island of Missing Trees

January 9, 2022

The Island of Missing Trees – another moving, beautifully written and delicately constructed book of love, division, transcendence and history by Elif Shafak. A multi-layered story with a dual time line narrative reflecting the history of Cyprus in the 1970’s between Greeks and Turks.

Boyana

January 3, 2022

There are several theories on the etymology of the name Boyana and all somehow refer to the elements of ‘strong’ and ‘noble’. I could not agree more, as having known Boyana Nikolova for over 10 years now, she has always surprised me with her strength, versatile skills and interests. And last but not least – her always smiling and sunny personality.

Once you start reading her debut novel “Survival’ (in Bulgarian “Oцеляване“) you cannot stop until you get to the end – words intricately intertwined, plot – engaging and making you analyze, think and re-think. Past, preset and future – all so engagingly blended. I wish her next books get published soon. 

Boyana Nikolova “Survival”

Viktor Melamed’s “Dreams”

November 11, 2020

I love books that grab my attention instantly. Viktor Melamed‘s “Dreams” is my-cup-of-tea read of short stories. Brilliantly written, keeping one’s attention alert with unexpected twitches, that make you re-read every story to experience the delight of sensing the author’s different perspectives – forward and backward. Can’t wait for other writings by Viktor.

Home. Sweet Home. “You can change many houses in a lifetime, but there is only one whose scent your memory, veins, even your genes have absorbed.” (At Home)

The Master and Margarita

February 5, 2020

Reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita in different ages has a different impact on the reader. Bulgakov portrays evil as being inseparable from our world as light is from darkness. Both Jesus and Satan dwell mostly inside people. The Master and Margarita with its supernatural elements is always a pleasure to read or watch.