The Reader’s Brain
The writer should remember that words are tools designed to fit the system of human understanding. The reader’s brain decodes the information received, but the message received doesn’t always match what was sent. Why?
I have to go back in time to find the first seed, which was planted by a professor of criminology. It was 1980, and the professor was Guido Galli. The seed was concerning human rights, whether people were free, charged, or convicted.
At that time I did not realize what Professor Galli wanted to say. I was too self-centered and often not attending classes, including the day they killed him in the corridors of the State University of Milan. [Read]
The eclecticism of Leonardo da Vinci always strikes me. His curiosity and naturalist intelligence have made him the icon of humanism. I often encounter the works of Leonardo, ranging from the overfamous Mona Lisa all the way to the floodgates on the canals, but lately it seems like he’s giving me a pat on my shoulder in order to get my attention. [Read]
Leda, the cake designer
I personally think that cake design is a visual art that should stand out from baking, but she thinks differently, perhaps because she is a perfectionist. For Leda Intorta, in cake design visual and tasting arts must meet and be complementary. She is young, good-looking, and capable; through videos on YouTube she is teaching many sugar paste lovers. Her courses are crowded with artists from all over Italy. [Read]
Stable of sorrow
The first book of Sibyl von der Schulenburg is the result of a long process of research about her father in private and public archives. With Il barone, published by Ipertesto Edizioni – Verona (2010), the biographical novel about Werner von der Schulenburg has been printed: the story of a German writer, committed Europeanist, and anti-Nazi.
The book gets good reviews, historians and political scientists are interested in the character, and soon the novel is mentioned in historical research as the source of the official biography of Werner von der Schulenburg and of historical documents hitherto unpublished.
After studying psychology, Sibyl (with co-author Simona Ruggi) writes an essay on bilingualism: Tradursi e tradirsi. Bilinguismo e psicologia. Aracne Editrice – Rome, 2013.
From 2013 on, Sibyl writes and publishes psychological novels, stories of people living in psychic conflicts. Her writing style is dry and direct: essential. In Stable of Sorrow, the first novel of this new genre, the narrator does not use any mentalistic verb, entrusting the reader’s detection of mental states to the scenes and dialogues. The style in her other novels follows the same track. In all the books, the rhythm is tight, the construction of the sentences is simple, and the use of adjectives and adverbs is limited. There is frequent use of the objective correlative.
The author’s ambition is to bring the reader into the scene and let the characters speak.
In her writings, Sibyl reveals an Italian culture, one restrained, almost governed, by German roots. The description of the places and characters in her novels provides an account of the influence of different literary styles: from Italian romance to German expressionism, crystallized into a personal style.
Sibyl von der Schulenburg was born in Lugano, Switzerland, the daughter of two German writers. She grew up bilingual and multicultural, in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. She studied at the Catholic University and then at the University of Milan, where she graduated in law. She worked for many years as managing director for a telecom company and traveled widely in the United States, Japan, and China.
In more recent years she felt the need to investigate psychological issues. She went back to university and earned a degree in Psychological Sciences and Techniques.
When not writing or studying, Sibyl loves to move. You will find her riding one of her horses, working with the dog, or traveling around the world with her husband, discovering fascinating places.
Sibyl von der Schulenburg lives and works in the province of Milan, with long stays in Tuscany on the Etruscan Coast.