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.
Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
Without a little fun you'll get crushed by the disgusting "existence of things." The protagonist has a lot of spare time, gets bored and cannot stand his nausea.
Plot: The world exists and it sucks.
War and Peace by Lev Tolstoy
If you want to understand the heart of men you have to find out how it beats both in war and in peace. To understand it better, you must do it in the company of Tolstoy.
Plot: In love and war nothing is fair.
Othello by William Shakespeare