Maria Russo

Maria Russo appears in the following:

The Scope Of The 20th Century In Sweeping, Sprawling 'Joy'

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

There's nothing soothing or easygoing about this massive novel, which was first published obscurely in Italy in the late 1990s. Goliarda Sapienza, a novelist and actress who worked with the likes of Pasolini and Visconti, spent more than a decade writing The Art of Joy, and on balance, she must ...


What's Eating Her? A Writer Meditates On Food And Loneliness

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

These days, it's often noted that food has displaced art, sport and even sex as the literary mind's propulsive muse. The single cookie that launched poor Proust on his interior odyssey feels shockingly modest compared with the vast smorgasbord today's writers seem almost compelled to revel in.

But then along ...


Heartbreaking Choice Sets Siblings On Separate, Unequal Paths

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed begins with a fable that a father tells his two children: A farmer who works hard to eke out a living for his family is forced to give up one of his five children to an evil giant. He and his wife decide to ...