29 February, 2012

If there's one book you must read... Week #3

Book #3 'The Italian one' -- The Late Mattia Pascal (Il fu Mattia Pascal) by Luigi Pirandello

Chosen by my friend Silvia :)

What Silvia says: 'It's a classic of Italian literature and I'd recommend this book because of its main theme of identity. The reading of the book isn't particularly fluid and it could be seen as a little boring -- this is the author's style -- but it helps in your personal reflection of yourself, what we do and how we behave in society. The protagonist decides to change his name and runs away from home, in order to create a new identity. By changing his identity he realises he can't accomplish anything within society and cannot function with his new, fake identity. Pirandello underlines the condition concerning everyone through one person, his protagonist: we can't escape from our identity because it's integral in order to relate to others and with reality. As social individuals we'll always have specific characteristics that form our identity.'

Amazon blurb: 'Mattia Pascal endures a life of drudgery in a provincial town. Then, providentially, he discovers that he has been declared dead. Realizing he has a chance to start over, to do it right this time, he moves to a new city, adopts a new name, and a new course of life—only to find that this new existence is as insufferable as the old one. But when he returns to the world he left behind, it's too late: his job is gone, his wife has remarried. Mattia Pascal's fate is to live on as the ghost of the man he was. An explorer of identity and its mysteries, a connoisseur of black humor, Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello is among the most teasing and profound of modern masters. The Late Mattia Pascal, here rendered into English by the outstanding translator William Weaver, offers an irresistible introduction to this great writer's work'

What do you think? + tell me your 'must read' book on twitter :) 

Don't forget World Book Day 1st March 2012, see their website for events across the UK and Ireland.


Buy from Amazon (English version) or original Italian version.

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