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.
Post Mortem by Albert Caraco.
Caraco's mother taught him to hate women and he has learned so well to hate everything else too. "My hatred for this world is what I find more worthy of esteem," he says.
Plot: Caraco's mother dies.
Rating: 82 out of 100
Austerlitz by WG Sebald
An elegant and deep book that I read every month and stop after thirty pages. For the umpteenth time I ask myself: Is it good if you get bored?
Plot: Austerlitz speaks a lot.
Rating: 75 out of 100
Sylvie by Gérard de Nerval
People from different worlds want to reconnect: the protagonist falls in love with a dream, is loved by an idea and he will be abandoned by both. The best non-suicide note ever written.
Plot: He loves Adrienne, Sylvie loves him, but soon no one will love him.
Rating: 85 out of 100
Past Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books:
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