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Strange, beautiful, challenging
on 16 July 2016
I read this was a novel about teenage angst. But this was different, and strangely detached. Maybe because the traumas that each of the protagonists experience are only to be guessed at, while their consequent self-inflicted punishments have - to me, at least - something of a dream about them. Absolutely no self-pity here, and no sentimentality. As someone said in a Guardian review, Italian novels are usually rather florid and intense. This one, though, is different. The prose is spare and strangely lacking in emotion, although emotion is expressed indirectly - and that is very refreshing. I have only read it the once, but am sure that on a second reading it would reveal more.