Giovanni Tiso

Giovanni Tiso is a writer and translator based in Wellington. He is a regular contributor to the Australian literary journal Overland, and his blog Bat Bean Beam earned him a nomination as best blogger at the 2014 Canon Media Awards – won, famously, by Whaleoil. Giovanni was born in Milan in 1971.

Politics
Oct 14, 2016

The Miramar Central scandal lays bare a cavalier culture at the Ministry of Education

A Wellington school's use of a 'seclusion room' to isolate autistic children has been dismissed by officials as a sorry aberration. But the school cell speaks to a much bigger problem with special education in New Zealand, says Giovanni Tiso, the father of two children with autism.

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Books
Jun 22, 2016

The far-fetched true story of a meteorically successful American writer who decided to write in Italian: Giovanni Tiso on Jhumpa Lahiri

Giovanni Tiso on American writer Jhumpa Lahiri's new book, written in Italian, and put back into English by Elena Ferrante's translator. What?     In “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote”, Borges tells …

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Books
Apr 13, 2016

A wonderful dream: Tony Blair on the guillotine

Everything, including a jar of honey tipped in the kitchen sink, seems to find a way in Tom Bowers' large, ponderous biography of the venal Tony Blair.

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