A columnist for Milan's daily Corriere della Sera and author of the forthcoming La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind, Beppe Severgnini is a keen observer of the Italian culture and character. In a conversation with FP,
he discussed American bestsellers, the failure of Italy's politicians,
and why Italians would rather write a book than read one.
Arif Aliev is the founder and editor of the daily Gun Seher newspaper and president of the independent journalists' union in Baku, Azerbaijan. Aliev spoke to FP about the struggle of bringing quality journalism to a place where people seldom read.
The West has long enjoyed romanticizing notions of Central Asia's
so-called Great Game. But few are familiar with how the region's people
view their own culture and literary scene. FP
sat down with Alii Muhammadi Khorasoni, author, poet, and critic at the
Tajik Academy of Sciences, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to discuss what
Central Asians are reading.
At the 24-hour Eslite bookstore complex in Taipei, which is Taiwan's
largest bookstore and one of Asia's cultural hubs, the city's literati
can attend book signings, peruse the art gallery, sip tea at the cafe,
or simply flip through 3,000 different magazine titles. FP spoke to I-Hui Lin, who works in marketing and planning for Eslite.
Nearly 400 years after Miguel de Cervantes wrote Don Quixote , the Spanish literary sector is thriving. FP
spoke to Javier Rioyo, the editor of Estravagario (a weekly book show
on Spanish public television), about Spain's current reading list.