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The Cabalist by Amanda Prantera (Italian edition)

The novel “The Cabalist” by Amanda Prantera was published for the first time in 1985.

Joseph Kestler is a magician and Cabalist who conducts his research in the field of the occult in Venice very seriously even if the diagnosis of a terminal illness threatens to interrupt it. For years, his goal has been to show the validity of the magic system he was trying to apply in front of a group of scientists to prove that magic really exists but the prospect of death changes things.

Joseph Kestler has decided to leave some kind of testament in which he reveals his discoveries. His research has been difficult not only because of the very complex subject with many hidden secrets but also because he realized that there are forces that hinder him. Is it possible that a kid who lives next to him is actually the Catcher?

David Bowie with his wife Iman in 2009

On Sunday, the great artist David Bowie passed away. He had cancer for some time but concealed his illness. He’s been an amazing artist that constantly experimented and reinvented himself. He leaves us a huge number of musical albums and cinema performances.

Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard

The novel “Harbinger of the Storm” by Aliette de Bodard was published for the first time in 2011. It’s the second in the “Obsidian And Blood” series and follows “Servant Of The Underworld”.

The Aztec empire is in a moment of crisis. The death of the Emperor begins not only the delicate process of choosing his successor but also a period of precarious balance among the powers that keep the empire alive. That’s because the Emperor has a major role thanks to his relationship with the gods.

The balance is made even more precarious when the High Priest of the Dead Acatl discovers that in the imperial palace a brutal murder was committed using a magic invocation. It’s just the beginning of a series of attacks against the court because Ceyaxochitl, one of the most powerful women of the empire, gets poisoned and there’s the suspicion of the Emperor’s widow’s involvement.

Alexander Siddig at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009

Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Mohammed Abderrahman Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi, this is his full birth name, was born on November 21, 1965 in Sudan. His mother is the sister of actor Malcolm McDowell, his father is the brother of Sudanese politician Sadiq al-Mahdi. Alexander Siddig is famous especially for playing Doctor Julian Bashir in the TV show “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”. Lately he’s getting more fame playing Prince Doran Martell in the TV show “Game of Thrones”.

Michael Lawson Bishop was born on November 12, 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. His father was in the military so while growing up he spent a lot of time in various countries where he was serving. He started his career as a writer in the ’70, at first writing science fiction then also other genres. His most famous novel is “No Enemy But Time” (1982), winner of the Nebula Award.