Luca Cottini, Ph.D
The book deals with the unfinished collection of autobiographical short stories by Italo Calvino, originally titled Passaggi obbligati [Obliged Passages] and published posthumously as La strada di San Giovanni [The Road of San Giovanni]. This monograph reconsiders this marginal autobiographical collection (which has seen little critical attention since its publication in 1990) both as a unique case and an essential piece in the narrative work of Calvino, one of Italy’s most renowned writers after World War II. The five stories in the collection illuminate multifarious aspects of contemporary Italian life in the post-WWII years, and at the same time assemble an experimental autobiography, combining memory, fiction, and the search for identity. This critical study reconstructs the original structure of Passaggi obbligati, and documents the conceptual unity of the collection. At the same time, this work also highlights the extraordinary novelty of Calvino’s project, as, through his stories, the author attempted to develop not only a new method of autobiographical writing, identified in the hybrid form of the “exercises of memory” (in between witness and self-criticism), but also a paradoxical autobiography, written as a symmetrical narration of both a present and an absent self.
Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, Ph.D., Ed.:
Del Internet a las calles: #YoSoy132, una opción alternativa de hacer política (August, 2016), Editorial A Contracorriente, an academic press at North Carolina State University.
The book includes 12 essays from scholars in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. It centers on the connections between traditional activism and cyberactivism from a multidisciplinary perspective exploring alternative strategies for political action in Web 2.0 and in the streets, enacted by #YoSoy132, a student movement that emerged in Mexico in the context of the presidential campaign of 2012.