Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.
Our Need for Consolation is Insatiable by Stig Dagerman
Almost a suicide letter, where when confronted with the absence of any consolation our only freedom is suicide. The happy ending is obviously a bluff.
Plot: Everyone wants to be comforted, but there is no consolation.
Thérèse Philosophe by Anonymous
To mix a religious treatise with an erotic novella may be strange, but when you listen to Therese it sounds quite obvious.
Plot: A girl loves God and sex.
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
If everything is sacred, there is a hidden wisdom even in Hell. Blake goes down there and give it to us.