TOP BOOKS

01

The Antichrist - Curse of Christianity by Friedrich Nietzsche

Essential, direct, clear without misunderstandings. The best Nietzsche. A book that changes your life.

02

Narcissus and Boccadoro by Hermann Hesse

The work reveals the thought of Hesse in all its entirety, together with a fascinating plot and narrative development. The narration of Boccadoro's wanderings is amazing.

03

The Process of Franz Kafka

Only by knowing just a little about the poisons of bureaucracy can one appreciate this masterpiece, full of agonizing suspense.

04

1984 by George Orwell

A book that puts you in front of your "being nothing", in a society where you are constantly spied on and conditioned by a power that you feel the existence of, but you are not aware of it.

05

Pian della Tortilla by John Steinbeck

The first and, in my opinion, the best of his successes. A hymn to friendship and the respect that comes with it.

06

The embers of Sandor Marai

The fatal attraction for forbidden, inaccessible things, which becomes a more spiritual than physical drive and ends up transcending the succession of physical acts to sacrifice oneself to a passion that has its own essential and autonomous dimension, totally regardless of the spiritual motions of the soul that it generates it, which does not address a specific person at all, but only the desire itself.

07

The beautiful Antonio by Vitaliano Brancati

In my opinion, the most beautiful Italian book of the 20th century. A masterful description of the impulses of secular-Christian Democratic Sicily of the 1950s. The description of the psychological profile of Mr. Alfio, Sicilian doc, father of Antonio.

A true masterpiece.

08

Rumor of the greaser of Gesualdo Bufalino

This book is not easy to read, due to the author's propensity to insert neologisms and terms of uncommon use in the text, so much so that in order to read the novel you must have a dictionary beside it. However, this flaw aside, the book of unparalleled and brilliant beauty, as well as dramatically true, plunges the reader into the sense of guilt of the protagonist, for the mere fact of having been lucky where others have not been. . Could luck, or destiny, lead to feelings of guilt? It would seem so!

09

Diary of a genius by Salvador Dalì

Impossible, unacceptable and obviously surreal, but as the title promises, the work of an unattainable genius.

To be read absolutely, to know where ordinary people will never come to think.

10

De profundis by Oscar Wilde

Wilde in perfect prose, despite his incisive verbiage, shows us how a ferocious reprimand can at the same time be elegant and spiritual, without ever descending into vulgarity.

11

Movable feast by Ernest Hemingway

Posthumous work. A novel by Hemingway different from the others, where autobiography is not implied, and perhaps for this reason he did not want to publish it. I don't think it's his best work, but it's certainly the one that brings us closest to the great writer, and then ... makes us fall in love with Paris.

12

The game of glass beads by Hermann Hesse

Novel based on a world of fantasy, governed by an equally fantastic society, is the most complex work of Hermann Hesse and at the same time the one that highlights the depth of his philosophy. He made a decisive contribution to winning him the Nobel Prize for literature in 1946.

13

Dark at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Reading the pages of Buio a noon , for the first time, I have well understood what it means to live in a country administered by a Stalinist-style government. A fundamental work to understand history.

14

Post Office by Charles Bukowski

Desecrating, excessive, shameless, but true. Realistic and fascinating, written in spoken language. Reading it, you suspect that Henry Chinaski, the protagonist of the novel, could be you. Why not?

15

Sonata a Kreutzer by Leone Tolstoy

Short novel by Tolstoy, where the most intimate and hidden aspects of the human soul are examined.

It is the monologue of a man who describes his life as husband and father, showing the truths, in crude and concrete terms, delegating to other sites the aulity of conjugal love and its joys. A long dissertation on the various phases of life as a couple, from falling in love to engagement, marriage, family ménage, discussing each of these stages, showing above all, to the detriment of the positive aspects that are still mentioned, the negativities, always very harsh and realistic.

In this case, there is a clear vein of pessimism that never fails until the end and the faults of which the protagonist self-accuses are of no avail to weaken the sense.

Perhaps also for the brevity, but certainly for the excellent prose, the story can be read in one breath and when you get to the end it is impossible not to immerse yourself in reflections concerning the human condition.

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