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.
Selected Stories by Alice Munro
Many women’s thoughts are forever inaccessible to men, as well as to women themselves. In her texts, Munro manages to describe these thoughts, not only so readers can understand them, but to experience them through her own words as well.
Plot: Some women do strange things.
From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
Those who walk away from the human condition will not look at death with the same eyes — the saints, doctors and serial killers. Only one step away from enlightenment, Jack the Ripper collapses under the weight of the symbols and turns out to be inside all of us: he knows us better than we will ever know him.
Plot: A doctor with a license to kill enjoys it.
Morgue by Gottfried Benn
Benn interrupts theology to study medicine in Berlin, become a war doctor (specializing in syphilis) and work in some brothels during World War II. Then he writes a bunch of poems in a morgue.
Plot: A physician in the worst of all possible worlds.
Rating: 92 out of 100
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