Book review: “Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances”

Man’s belief in survival of life after death is one of the oldest expressions of religiosity, firmly embedded in the very foundations of organised religion. Right from the prehistoric times humans have been keenly interested in what happens to the soul after the demise of the physical body, as evidenced by the earliest funerary rites. …

Intertekstualno čitanje Šlinkovog romana “Čitač”

Roman Čitač nemačkog pravnika i sudije Bernharda Šlinka (Bernhard Schlink), prvi put objavljen 1995. godine, brzo je stekao status planetarnog bestselera. Dodatnu popularnost dobio je zahvaljujući takođe zapaženoj i višestruko nagrađivanoj filmskoj verziji iz 2008. godine u režiji Stivena Daldrija (Stephen Daldry). Ovaj kratak roman jedno je od brojnih dela koji tematizuju nemačko posleratno suočavanje …

Eat like Sherlock: food in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories

Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and novels featuring Sherlock Holmes contain a lot of little details about Victorian society, its culture, available technology and social conventions. As I was re-reading all the canonical stories earlier this year for the umpteenth time, my attention was inadvertently drawn to food, of all things. I found it interesting to …