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How hot!

And just think that only a few months ago we did complain of the too long, cold winter. Do you remember?

But now this sultry weather makes us want some chill down our spine.

I’ll give you a typically Japanese advice, and they know what heat is.

No; I promise you that I will not speak about obvious air conditioning, not even the one to scrounge pretending to go shopping in a pet store, without having home not even a goldfish.

No fans soaked in cold water or iced bottles in front of the old fan.

The solution to beat the heat is … hold on tight:

A good horror novel.

Nothing refreshes more than a bit of healthy fear; word of Japanese!

For the first portrait of a gentleman here’s a macabre history as a gift for an Edgar Allan Poe lover.

If that shouldn’t work, devote yourself to the contemplation of plants, waterfalls, preferably immersed in a forests or into a hot thermal waters, or even better, have a taste of a granita with green tea flavour, listening to the tinkling of a bell in the wind.

Carmen Rucci

Half Apulian and half Sicilian: Italian writer, barrister, television critic for NHK World and, above all, the author of All In One Year, the contemporary and funny novel set on the magical Isle of Man.

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