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August 9, 2022 | Rome, Italy
Apulian Days 2019-12-28T23:25:12+01:00

Apulian Days

The last blacksmith

By | June 21st, 2022|

Over the last 20 years, I have been living in Presicce, a village in Salento (in the far south of Apulia), whose old town is numbered among the “borghi più [...]

La poubelle agréée

By | March 26th, 2022|

My last task of the day is to carry out the garbage bin or, as the French call it in their own more poetic way, la poubelle agréée. Every evening [...]

America, America!

By | February 3rd, 2022|

Columnist Aldo Magagnino recounts the there and back again of his grandfather who left his native Italy to become a builder in Argentina.

An Apulian love story

By | December 11th, 2021|

One late spring day in 1940, a day on which the southern Italian sun was already pounding down, Rocco came out from the tollhouse opposite the church of Our Lady [...]

Enemy of your enemy

By | September 12th, 2021|

The modest amount of insight I have come to acquire about the tortured history of Afghanistan in recent decades I owe to a translation project that, over time, stopped being [...]

Journalists in the crosshairs

By | August 25th, 2021|

One cannot be worried enough about the future of journalism. The profession is becoming a riskier business than ever before, and the pursuit of investigative journalism in particular is increasingly [...]

From one Down Under to another

By | June 26th, 2021|

Ages ago, one of the features in the still popular "Reader’s Digest" magazine was a feature called “My most unforgettable character.” Aside from our (more or less close) relatives, we [...]

Life before lenses

By | May 24th, 2021|

It took me the first twelve years of my life to discover glasses, or at least their full utility. Not that I hadn’t seen them before, but they were always [...]

The English on the hill

By | April 29th, 2021|

Thirty years ago, on March 8, 1991, the eminent English food writer Patience Gray published “South to the Salento,”for a "New York Times" supplement known as "The Sophisticated Traveler." The [...]

Aldo Magagnino was born in Alezio (Apulia). After a career as a teacher of English he now works fulltime as a literary translator. He now lives in the Apulian town of Presicce, a few miles from Santa Maria di Leuca, land’s end of the Italian boot, with his wife, two dogs and a variable number of cats.

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