A Double-Edged Compliment
Though AN Wilson’s review of TRIESTE by Dasa Drndic was nothing if not complimentary, it might make some think twice before reading it:
Trieste recalls that great essay by Simone Weil on the capacity of war to reduce human beings to things. It contains no consolation, no happy resolutions, no hope. It makes you groan with despair, and you feel yourself going mad as you read it. I seldom read any book that made me more achingly unhappy. It is a masterpiece.
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