Cities of the Senses: Memoirs and Memories

A Listmania! list by Vincenzo Di Nicola (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
The list author says: "This is a journey through the 'cities of the senses' ... memoirs and memories of some places that have been meaningful for me ... experienced through different senses in different media ... music, film and books."
The Abruzzo Trilogy: Fontamara, Bread and Wine, The Seed Beneath the Snow (v. 1-3)
1.  The Abruzzo Trilogy: Fontamara, Bread and Wine, The Seed Beneath the Snow (v. 1-3) by Ignazio Silone
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  "This is the heart of my remembrances of the Abruzzo ... partly lived, partly remembered and partly imagined through the work of Ignazio Silone."
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Cinema Paradiso (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition)
2.  Cinema Paradiso (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition) DVD ~ Philippe Noiret
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  "This couldn't be more beautiful, more personal (for both Tornatore the filmmaker and for me as a therapist) or more Italian. The bittersweet ending that Hollywood can never get quite right."
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St. Urbain's Horseman
3.  St. Urbain's Horseman by Mordecai Richler
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  "This is the great Canadian novel. Richler was a great craftsman and far and away Canada's best writer ever. Before he became too good as a writer ("Barney's Version" is masterfully crafted but not as affecting), Richler hit his stride with a Montreal that still reverberated with his narrow obsessions. On St. Urbain Street, you will find a Jewish Montreal that is lost forever."
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Streets of London [Vinyl-LP]
4.  Streets of London [Vinyl-LP] 
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  "When I lived in London in the 1970s, I pined for the London imagined in this song by Ralph McTell. My London was skinheads, punks, the National Front, football hooligans and the cold flats of friends. And where the hell was that all-night café in a city that falls asleep at 10 pm?"
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The House of God
5.  The House of God by Samuel Shem
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  "When I was in medical school, I spent a summer doing research at Harvard in Cambridge, MA, where the writer of this coming-of-MD novel did his medical studies. It is an entertaining and biting satire that manages to avoid any insight into what becoming a doctor is really like."
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Yehuda Amichai
6.  Yehuda Amichai by Yehuda Amichai
The list author says:
  "When I think of my time in Israel, I think of the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, the most accomplished poet in the Hebrew language since the great Yehuda Halevi of the Jewish golden era in mediaeval Spain. Amichai's early poetry was forceful and assertive like his country, later becoming more exploratory and tentative."
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By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
7.  By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
The list author says:
  "This novel is in complete contrast to Ottawa, the native city of its author, where I lived in exile for 6 years. Elizabeth Smart was that very un-Canadian thing: a passionate woman in the throes of an erotic mania. The object of her obsession was an English poet, now forgotten. Readers may find it too intense or maudlin. This is the poetic prose version of a moth drawn to a flame. Bound to burn!"
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The Centaur in the Garden (THE AMERICAS)
8.  The Centaur in the Garden (THE AMERICAS) by Moacyr Scliar
The list author says:
  "This is a beautiful and haunting novel by the recently-deceased Brazilian Jewish physician-writer Moacyr Scliar. It's the story of a Jewish centaur looking for love in a world where he feels exotic and estranged, just as Scliar said he felt as a Jew in Brazil. When I visited his city, Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, I half-expected to see Jewish centaurs in some private garden."
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The Book of Disquiet (Penguin Classics)
9.  The Book of Disquiet (Penguin Classics) by Fernando Pessoa
The list author says:
  "Fernando Pessoa's coterie of poets and their poetry has received much attention but his prose is equally arresting. This interminable volume of meditations and hesitations on the pain of existence by the 'semi-heteronym' Bernardo Soares is comparable in style and substance to Rilke's 'Notebooks of Malte Laurids Briggs.' It is for me the best guide to life in Lisbon."
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Bon Cop Bad Cop
10.  Bon Cop Bad Cop DVD ~ Colm Feore
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  "The first truly bilingual Canadian film, 'Bon Cop, Bad Cop' explores the two solitudes expressed in English and French and represents my bilingual experience of Montreal, one of the few truly multicultural cities in the world."
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Vincenzo Di Nicola (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Qualifications: Child psychiatrist and relational therapist, writer and poet
Last updated: 3/22/11
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