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.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Ask yourself what you are allowed to do, and you will not stop asking until you understand who you are. And if anything goes, you're nothing.
Plot: A guy with a fever kills a granny.
Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
If you think publishing is revolutionary now, the most daring experiments by the strangest contemporary authors had already been done by Sterne — in the second half of the eighteenth century. Funny, sometimes unreadable — and truly revolutionary.
Plot: A day in the life of Shandy's family.