Claudio Zonta SJ

A member of the College of Writers of La Civiltà Cattolica


El Castillo, also called The Impact of the Book, is a work by Mexican artist Jorge Méndez Blake. It was first exhibited in the José Cornejo Franco Library in Guadalajara and later also in Venice, Paris and Istanbul. The installation consists of a wall, at the base of which is placed a book that produces… Read the full article


After the one-man theater tour Springsteen on Broadway (2018) and the studio album Western Stars (2019), Bruce Springsteen returned to the studio to record a musical work that is as complex as it is immediate, called Letter to You (2020). Observing the genesis of this album, we can see how it is full of strong… Read the full article


The Great Wave of Kanagawa, by Katsushika Hokusai, is one of the most famous Japanese works of art. It served as inspiration for Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Debussy’s orchestral work La Mer. It is a woodcut from 1830, belonging to a larger series, as evidenced by the title in Japanese, Thirty-six views of Mount… Read the full article


A few years ago we dedicated an essay to the Missa Papae Francisci,[1] which Ennio Morricone, overcoming some hesitation, had composed and dedicated to Pope Francis. At the time we thought we had penned a definitive tribute to the Roman composer. He appreciated it so much that he confided in us some important observations about… Read the full article


With his latest novel La Loi du rêveur (The Law of the Dreamer), Daniel Pennac crosses paths  with Italian film director Federico Fellini (2020 is the centenary of his birth).[1] The common thread that links the two characters, both present in the novel, is the importance of the oneiric element in their respective lives. Fellini… Read the full article


Tolo Tolo is the latest film written, directed and starring actor Checco Zalone (whose real name is Luca Medici). It deals with the theme of forced migration. Due to the drama and topicality of the subject, it has been controversial, polarizing opinion. The backstory is set with the telling of the disastrous business venture of… Read the full article


Ghosteen, the new album by UK-based, Australian musician Nick Cave, is the result of a reinterpretation of his mourning for the death of his son Arthur, who died on July 15, 2015, after falling from a cliff in Ovingdean Gap, near Brighton, in southern England. In 1992 the singer had already written a song dedicated… Read the full article


War songs The album Rifles & Rosary Beads is Louisiana folk singer Mary Gauthier’s latest album. The singer-songwriter has had a complex life, marked by suffering and pain after her parents abandoned her as a child. A life of many excesses followed, before she found her salvation and identity through music. Rifles & Rosary Beads… Read the full article

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