Writers: the magicians of words

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” Gustave Flaubert What makes a good writer?  Some people say that a good writer is a talented communicator who elicits emotion and empathy in the reader through her/his writing. Others…

Speaking of literature…

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” F. Scott Fitzgerald This adage condenses in a splendid way the sense of belonging…

The English language: the queen of the entire world

“English is now ours. We have colonized it, too.”  Gemino Abad As lovers of literature, from Tierra Trivium we pay a homage to the vehicles which make it possible: languages. This article focuses its attention on the current lingua franca:…

My Dear Literature…

“Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.” Phineas Taylor Barnum. The power of Literature. It could be argued that one of the most important functions of literature, is its capacity to open our mind and…

Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise: the redemption journey of The Divine Comedy

“The secret of getting things done is to act!” Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri and The Divine Comedy. The Florentine Dante Alighieri was a poet and a philosopher best known for his epic poem The Divine Comedy. This poem is regarded…

Madame Bovary: the character who named a syndrome

“Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers."  Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. What made Madame Bovary so special? Even though it was Gustave Flaubert first novel, Madame Bovary became Flaubert’s most accomplished and admired work, a masterpiece! It…

What has to do Edgar Allan Poe with Sherlock Holmes?

“Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.”  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle T.S. Eliot said once “Every writer owes something to Holmes”, but is Holmes in debt to anyone? Let’s go…

Was Gulliver’s Travels meant to be a children’s book?

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift Once upon a time… Oh, no! Gulliver’s Travels was not meant to be a children’s book. The story was conceived by its author as a mordant satire…

Mary Wollstonecraft: The mother of women’s rights

“I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.” A Vindication of the rights of woman, Mary Wollstonecraft In a week in which expressions such as ‘women’s rights’ and ‘gender equality’ have led a key role,…