Top critical review
'I have died already twice, but the first time was a mistake, and the second...well, you may read for yourself."
on 14 April 2013
Written in quite a beguiling first-person narrative, we follow the adventures of Mattia Pascal; in debt, unhappily married to a depressed wife, and with a witch of a mother-in-law...Then one day, possessed of a small sum of money, he takes off for a bit, tries his hand in a casino, and comes out a rich man. As he plans to return home, he happens to read a newspaper account of a body found in a stream near his home, which has wrongly been identified as himself.
Mattia now plans a life of freedom and enjoyment, living on his winnings. Only life isn't as simple as that...
"Outside of the law, and without those characteristics which, happy or sad as they may be, make us ourselves, we cannot live."