Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide of some sort to help us through the precious 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.
Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
Incomprehensible from the very first line. You will understand some things later on, as long as you're willing to sink into a parallel universe, both elegant and perverse (in a good way, and yes, there is a good way). Nabokov’s depictions of sex have a lot to teach some lesser contributions to current erotic fiction.
Plot: Two siblings have been engaged in an incestuous relationship since they were twelve.
Rating: 95 out of 100.
Ulysses by James Joyce