This blog is the English-language home of Davide Mana.
By day, I’m a mild-mannered paleontologist and eco-statistics and renewable energy guru, and sometimes lecturer, teacher and translator (anything, to make ends meet).
By night (and on weekends) I turn into an author, writing fantasy and pulp stories, and sometimes essays on wild historical subjects such as explorers, dinosaurs, strange planets and old writers.
I listen to jazz music, read a lot of books, watch old movies and cook – among other things.
So far, only the Italian-speaking public had the dubious pleasure of reading my self-produced ebooks and my blog. But I think it would be nice to expand into the English-reading world.
So here we go with Karavansara – ancient Persian word meaning caravanseray, a place of rest along the road.
This blog will cover my favorite obsessions, especially those that somehow collide with my activities as an author, to wit
- adventure and pulp novels (such as John Master’s Bhowany Junction )
- old adventure and fantasy (such as Avram Davidson’s Dr Eszterhazy )
- movies (such as Cobra Woman )
- Arabian and other Oriental and Exotic fantasies (such as Graham Diamond’s Samarkand )
- ancient history (such as this )
- the Orient, its traditions and philosophies (and applications, such as this )
- the Silk Road (such as this )
- writing (mostly, my writing) (such as that old story about swingy thingies )
I’m particularly fond of what I call pulp history – that shady, slightly disreputable portion of our past in which moved adventurers, swashbucklers, globetrotters and other assorted characters1.
The two-fisted side of “regular history”, if you will.
So, here we are.
I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I’m enjoying writing it.
More things, hopefully, will follow.
Communications can be posted as comments on the blog.
Comments are moderated, so a few hours might pass between your posting the comment and it appearing under my article.
Also notice please that this being my English-language blog, only comments in English will pass the filter.
Sorry ’bout that, but I have to set a minimum standard.
Also, just to be in the clear, abuse, trolling and what I deem unacceptable contents will be eliminated.
Act as a jerk and you get in my spam bin2.
Oh, and yes – I’ve been advised to add a legal disclaimer: this is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone, and you can quote me at leisure but you cannot run my contents as your own.
Just to be in the clear.
out there somewhere
January 2013-July 2015
Karavansara by Davide Mana is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.