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Literature, society and irony...... 29 Jan 2004
By M. B. Alcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In "L'ultima lacrima" ("The last tear"), Stefano Benni somehow manages to convey his view of our society, thanks to a fluent prose that manages to attract the reader, despite being utterly caustic, overwhelmingly ironic.
Can the stories contained in this book be compelling, in spite of being abrasive and acerbic?. The answer to this question is yes, they can. Because they point to us things that we already know, but cannot express correctly, clearly. Benni does just that.
This book is not for those who are contented with everything that surrounds them, having lost their capacity of being critical, of challenging the established order. Instead, it is for the readers that like to analyse their society, resisting the temptation to accept the current state of things as fixed and immovable, merely because it is widely accepted.
The stories vary greatly. Some, like "Il ladro", could have happened nowadays. Others, for example "Un cattivo scolaro", are set in a distant future. Notwithstanding that, all these stories have something in common: they help to develop the understanding of the reader, and provide him with tools to comprehend better what is happening around him.
On the whole, I strongly recommend this book. It is enjoyable, but it also has an immediate applicability to real life, because it helps you to see more clearly what is wrong with our society.
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