About the Author

Lucia Victoria Leone
Blurbarian Since August 2012
Name Lucia Victoria Leone
Location USA
Gender Female
My Bio I am a published author with a special interest in semiotics of arts, existential philosophy, theater of absurd, and comparative literature. I particularly enjoy writing, acting, and teaching, and have a professional background in medical research and health systems management.

The book that I'm now offering to your attention is a collection of English translations from select Russian poetry. A thoughtfully designed biligual edition, this work reflects my belief that languages cannot be separated from their cultural and historical contexts. And poetry, to me, is the most beautiful and meaningful way to express and connect these complex, if not infinite, universes.

My other currently available literary work, "Sweat and Tears" (amazon.com) is a profound, burlesque stage play that takes place in an absurd, but nonetheless familiar world. The play was inspired by my love for existential philosophy: "One must imagine Sisyphus happy." Albert Camus.

Things I Don't Mind The World Knowing

Everyone needs to know about these authors and artists...
This could easily become a very long list. To name a few:

Writers: Goethe, Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesko, Mikhail Bulgakov, Daniil Harms, Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Poets: those I've chosen for my book of translations that is now being offered on this website (speaking of "spoiler alerts").

Artists: Edit Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Dalida, Elena Kamburova, Juliette Greco.

Film makers: Andrei Tarkovski, Luchino Visconti, Louis Bunuel, Marcel Carne, Federico Fellini.
This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)
"The Leopard" by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1957) is a brilliant novel that was later used as literary base for Luchino Visconti's film with the same title (1963). It was the work of Tomasi's life. Unfortunately, his dream of seeing it published while he was still alive did not come to pass.

The film is fairly well known in the United States, but it appears that few have read the book.

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