book review · historical fiction · history

Book Review: Property by Valerie Martin

Property delivers incredible insight into barbarity of slavery in America. “Property” describes not only situation of the slaves but also of the wife of sugar plantation owner. Manon is unhappy in her marriage, she misses her family and longs for the vibrant lifestyle of her native New Orleans. She saffocates because of her domestic situation.… Continue reading Book Review: Property by Valerie Martin

book review · historical fiction

Book Review: Conventions: The Garden at Paris by R. J. Nello

After U.S independence, twenty- one year old Robert travels to Europe to expand family business. The warm reception from pre- war associates of his father in France and England, draws Robert into life in France and in England. The unexpected onset of revolution in France challenges young American and brings experience that he had never… Continue reading Book Review: Conventions: The Garden at Paris by R. J. Nello

Great philosophers · philosophy · political philosophy · Political Theory · politics · Socialism

Conformity of our times. One- Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse

“A comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic unfreedom prevails in advanced industrial civilization, a token of technical progress” (Marcuse, 1991: 3) One- Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse is one of my favourite books offering powerful critique of growing conformity, new modes of domination and social control. In particular, Part I One- Dimensional Society gives very good perspective… Continue reading Conformity of our times. One- Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse

freedom of speech · philosophy · writing

Absolute versus limited freedom of speech and expression

Do you support the absolute freedom of speech and expression? Or, do people with unfettered tongue and pen make you uncomfortable? Are a person that support bold and fierce writers or a person that prefers to be quite and consequently keeps others quite as well? Christopher Hitchens claimed that the right of others to free… Continue reading Absolute versus limited freedom of speech and expression

Hannah Arendt · political philosophy · Political Theory · politics

Is violence an antithesis of politics or a creative force?

The relationship between violence and politics is conceptualized and understood in different ways within modern and contemporary political thought. The statist approach legitimizes use of violence by the state. Machiavelli (2017) claims that the prince should use violence wisely to maintain stability of a country and to secure his own position. According to Hobbes (1993),… Continue reading Is violence an antithesis of politics or a creative force?

book review · Memoir · war

Book Review: One More Moon by Ralph Webster

Elsa and her husband Paul enjoy comfortable life in Mussolini’s Fascist Italy. When they purchase the Pensione Alexandra in Naples, their life changes. They host guests from different countries. Many of the visitors remain family friends. Almost all guests have been impacted by actions of Nazi Germany. Idyllic life in Naples drastically changes for Elsa… Continue reading Book Review: One More Moon by Ralph Webster